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Peer Review Status: Refereed
Title: A high-coverage draft genome of the mycalesine butterfly Bicyclus anynana
Author(s): Nowell, Reuben W
Elsworth, Ben
Oostra, Vicencio
Zwaan, Bas J
Wheat, Christopher W
Saastamoinen, Marjo
Saccheri, Ilik J
van’t Hof, Arjen E
Wasik, Bethany R
Connahs, Heidi
Aslam, Muhammad L
Kumar, Sujai
Challis, Richard J
Monteiro, Antónia
Brakefield, Paul M
Blaxter, Mark
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Keywords: Computer Science Applications
Health Informatics
Issue Date: Jul-2017
Date Deposited: 17-Apr-2024
Citation: Nowell RW, Elsworth B, Oostra V, Zwaan BJ, Wheat CW, Saastamoinen M, Saccheri IJ, van’t Hof AE, Wasik BR, Connahs H, Aslam ML, Kumar S, Challis RJ, Monteiro A, Brakefield PM & Blaxter M (2017) A high-coverage draft genome of the mycalesine butterfly Bicyclus anynana. <i>GigaScience</i>, 6 (7), Art. No.: gix035.
Abstract: The mycalesine butterfly Bicyclus anynana, the “Squinting bush brown,” is a model organism in the study of lepidopteran ecology, development, and evolution. Here, we present a draft genome sequence for B. anynana to serve as a genomics resource for current and future studies of this important model species. Seven libraries with insert sizes ranging from 350 bp to 20 kb were constructed using DNA from an inbred female and sequenced using both Illumina and PacBio technology; 128 Gb of raw Illumina data was filtered to 124 Gb and assembled to a final size of 475 Mb (∼×260 assembly coverage). Contigs were scaffolded using mate-pair, transcriptome, and PacBio data into 10 800 sequences with an N50 of 638 kb (longest scaffold 5 Mb). The genome is comprised of 26% repetitive elements and encodes a total of 22 642 predicted protein-coding genes. Recovery of a BUSCO set of core metazoan genes was almost complete (98%). Overall, these metrics compare well with other recently published lepidopteran genomes. We report a high-quality draft genome sequence for Bicyclus anynana. The genome assembly and annotated gene models are available at LepBase (
DOI Link: 10.1093/gigascience/gix035
Rights: © The Authors 2017. Published by Oxford University Press. This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (, which permits unrestricted reuse, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
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