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Data released on May 19, 2014

Genomic data of the Great black cormorant (Phalacrocorax carbo).

Gilbert, M, P; Jarvis, E, D; Li, B; Li, C; The Avian Genome Consortium, ; Wang, J; Zhang, G (2014): Genomic data of the Great black cormorant (Phalacrocorax carbo). GigaScience Database. RIS BibTeX Text

The Great Cormorant (Phalacrocorax carbo sinensis (Blumenbach, 1798)) is a widespread member of the cormorant family and is known by several different names around the world - the Great Black Comorant across the Northern Hemisphere, Black Shag in New Zealand, the Black Cormorant in Australia and the Large Cormorant in India. It is a large black bird that can be distinguished from the Common Shag by its larger size, heavier build and thicker bill. They are mostly silent birds but can produce various guttural noises in their breeding colonies.
These data have been produced as part of the Avian Phylogenomics Project. DNA was collected from a vouchered tissue sample (137943) at the Natural History Museum of Denmark, of a male caught in Gedser, Denmark. We sequenced the genome to a depth of approximately 24X.
The assembled scaffolds of high quality sequences total 1.15Gb, with the contig and scaffold N50 values of 15kb and 48kb respectively. We identified 13,479 protein-coding genes with a mean length of 13.5kb.

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Read the peer-reviewed publication(s):

Zhang, G., Li, B., Li, C., Gilbert, M. T. P., Jarvis, E. D., & Wang, J. (2014). Comparative genomic data of the Avian Phylogenomics Project. GigaScience, 3(1). doi:10.1186/2047-217x-3-26
Zhang, G., Li, C., Li, Q., Li, B., Larkin, D. M., Lee, C., … Meredith, R. W. (2014). Comparative genomics reveals insights into avian genome evolution and adaptation. Science, 346(6215), 1311–1320. doi:10.1126/science.1251385
Jarvis, E. D., Mirarab, S., Aberer, A. J., Li, B., Houde, P., Li, C., … Howard, J. T. (2014). Whole-genome analyses resolve early branches in the tree of life of modern birds. Science, 346(6215), 1320–1331. doi:10.1126/science.1253451

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Accessions (data included in GigaDB):

BioProject: PRJNA212903
SRA: SRP029344



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Scienfic Name
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Taxonomic ID
Genbank Name

Sample IDTaxonomic IDCommon NameGenbank NameScientific NameSample Attributes
Great black cormorant - TG79209Great black cormorantgreat cormorantPhalacrocorax carbo Source material identifiers:Tom Gilbert
Estimated genome size:unknown size
Funding source:BGI
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File NameSample IDData TypeFile FormatSizeRelease Date 
Great black cormorant - TG7Coding sequenceFASTA5.18 MB2014-02-07
Great black cormorant - TG7Sequence assemblyFASTA340.15 MB2014-02-07
Great black cormorant - TG7AnnotationGFF1.28 MB2014-02-07
Great black cormorant - TG7Protein sequenceFASTA3.38 MB2014-02-07
Great black cormorant - TG7Repeat sequenceUNKNOWN7.92 MB2014-02-07
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