Data released on May 13, 2014
The Red-throated Loon (Gavia stellata (Pontoppidan, 1763)), also known as the Red-throated Diver, is a migratory aquatic bird that breeds mainly in the Arctic regions and spends winters in the northern coastal waters. The Red-throated loon has a large global population, making it the most widely distributed member of the Gaviidae (Loon or Diver) family.
These data have been produced as part of the Avian Phylogenomics Project. DNA was collected from a vouchered sample (137940) of Natural History Museum of Denmark from a male caught in Denmark. We sequenced the genome to a depth of approximately 33X.
The assembled scaffolds of high quality sequences total 1.15Gb, with the contig and scaffold N50 values of 16kb and 45kb respectively. We identified 13,454 protein-coding genes with a mean length of 13.2kb.