Danaus plexippus Assembly and Gene Annotation
About Danaus plexippus
Each autumn millions of the migratory Monarch Butterfly, Danaus plexippus, undergo a long-distance migration of up to 4,000 km from eastern North America to their wintering grounds in central Mexico. During this migration, the Monarch uses a time-compensated sun compass to allow them to maintain a southerly direction. In addition to the great opportunities for studying circadian clockwork and the molecular basis of long-distance migration, the mimicry complex formed by the Monarch and the Viceroy butterflies offers insights into adaptive evolution.
Picture credit (Creative Commons BY 2.0): Thomas Bresson 2010
The Dpv3 assembly, provided by MonarchBase, has 5,395 supercontigs and a genome size of ~250Mb.
Ensembl Metazoa presents the OGS2.0 dataset from MonarchBase, with the addition of RNA genes from the Ensembl Genomes pipeline.
- The monarch butterfly genome yields insights into long-distance migration.
Zhan S, Merlin C, Boore JL, Reppert SM. 2011. Cell. 147:1171-1185.