Data released on May 19, 2014
The White-tailed Tropicbird (Phaethon lepturus ascensionis (Mathews, 1915)) is the smallest of three closely related seabirds in the order Phaethontiformes and can be found in the tropical Atlantic, western Pacific and Indian Oceans. For a small bird, this species can travel far across oceans when not breeding.
These data have been produced as part of the Avian Phylogenomics Project. DNA from collected from a vouchered tissue sample (135885) from the Natural History Museum of Denmark, of a female caught on Ascension Island, South Atlantic. We sequenced the genome to a depth of approximately 39X.
The assembled scaffolds of high quality sequences total 1.16Gb, with the contig and scaffold N50 values of 18kb and 47kb respectively. We identified 14,970 protein-coding genes with a mean length of 12.7kb.