Belgica antarctica Assembly and Gene Annotation
About Belgica antarctica
Belgica antarctica, the Antarctic midge, is a species of flightless midge, endemic to the continent of Antarctica. At 2–6 mm (0.079–0.236 in) long, it is the largest purely terrestrial animal on the continent, as well as its only insect. It also has the smallest known insect genome as of 2014, with only 99 million base pairs of nucleotides (and about 13,500 genes) .
Picture copyright: Richard E. Lee Jr.
Genes were annotated using MAKER . Protein features and cross-references have been computed by Ensembl Metazoa.
- Compact genome of the Antarctic midge is likely an adaptation to an extreme environment.
Kelley JL, Peyton JT, Fiston-Lavier AS, Teets NM, Yee MC, Johnston JS, Bustamante CD, Lee RE, Denlinger DL. 2014. Nature Communications. 5:4611.
General information about this species can be found in Wikipedia.
|Assembly||ASM77530v1, INSDC Assembly GCA_000775305.1, Sep 2014|
|Golden Path Length||89,583,723|
|Data source||Kelley and Denlinger Labs|
|Non coding genes||293|
|Small non coding genes||291|
|Long non coding genes||2|