Data released on May 20, 2014
The Great Crested Grebe (Podiceps cristatus cristatus (Linnaeus, 1758)) is known for its elaborate mating display and is the largest member of the Grebe family in the Old World. In the 19th century, the species was almost hunted to extinction in the UK for its head plumes, which were used to decorate hats and other female attire.
These data have been produced as part of the Avian Phylogenomics Project. DNA was collected from a vouchered tissue sample (137837) at the Natural History Museum of Denmark, of a male caught in Denmark. We sequenced the genome to a depth of approximately 30X.
The assembled scaffolds of high quality sequences total 1.15Gb, with the contig and scaffold N50 values of 13kb and 30kb respectively. We identified 13,913 protein-coding genes with a mean length of 10.4kb.