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What's New in Release 57

Updated data

  • Assembly and gene set data updated
    • Acyrthosiphon pisum (Pea aphid, GCA_005508785.2)
    • Phlebotomus perniciosus (Sand fly, GCA_918844115.2)
    • Amphimedon queenslandica (Demosponge, GCA_000090795.2)
    • Lingula anatina (Lamp shell, GCA_001039355.2)
  • Updated gene sets
  • New assembly for existing species
    • Athalia rosae (Coleseed sawfly, GCA_917208135.1)
    • Bombus terrestris (Bombus terrestris, GCA_910591885.2)
    • Diabrotica virgifera virgifera (Western corn rootworm, GCA_917563875.2)
    • Lucilia cuprina (Australian sheep blowfly, GCA_022045245.1)
    • Melitaea cinxia (Glanville fritillary, GCA_905220565.1)
  • New species
    • Amyelois transitella (Naval orange worm, GCA_001186105.1)
    • Anthonomus grandis grandis (Boll weevil, GCA_022605725.3)
    • Bicyclus anynana (Squinting bush brown, GCA_900239965.1)
    • Chelonus insularis (Parasitoid wasp, GCA_013357705.1)
    • Dermacentor andersoni (Rocky Mountain wood tick, GCA_023375885.2)
    • Galleria mellonella (Greater wax moth, GCA_003640425.2)
    • Helicoverpa armigera (Cotton bollworm, GCA_023701775.1)
    • Helicoverpa zea (Corn earworm, GCA_022581195.1)
    • Homalodisca vitripennis (Glassy winged sharpshooter, GCA_021130785.2)
    • Leguminivora glycinivorella (Soybean pod borer, GCA_023078275.1)
    • Manduca sexta (Tobacco hornworm, GCA_014839805.1)
    • Neodiprion lecontei (Redheaded pine sawfly, GCA_021901455.1)
    • Neodiprion pinetum (White pine sawfly, GCA_021155775.1)
    • Nilaparvata lugens (Brown planthopper, GCA_014356525.1)
    • Pectinophora gossypiella (Pink bollworm, GCA_024362695.1)
    • Polistes canadensis (Red paper wasp, GCA_001313835.1)
    • Polistes dominula (European paper wasp, GCA_001465965.1)
    • Polistes fuscatus (Common paper wasp, GCA_010416935.1)
    • Schistocerca americana (American grasshopper, GCA_021461395.2)
    • Sitophilus oryzae (Rice weevil, GCA_002938485.2)
    • Thrips palmi (Melon Thrips, GCA_012932325.1)
    • Venturia canescens (Endoparasitoid wasp, GCA_019457755.1)
    • Zerene cesonia (Southern Dogface, GCA_012273895.2)
  • Updated BioMarts for all gene and variation data
  • Updated pan-taxonomic gene trees and homologies
  • Planned updates
    • Phlebotomus perniciosus (Sand fly) -- The older GCA_918844115.1 assembly version to be removed from Release 58
    • Acyrthosiphon pisum (Pea aphid) -- The older GCA_005508785.1 assembly version to be removed from Release 58
    • Amphimedon queenslandica (Demosponge) -- The older GCA_000090795.1 assembly version to be removed from Release 58
    • Lingula anatina (Lamp shell) -- The older GCA_001039355.1 assembly version to be removed from Release 58
    • Dermacentor silvarum (Tick) -- The assembly version update in Release 58 (GCA_013339745.1 -> GCA_013339745.2)
    • Rhipicephalus sanguineus (Tick) -- The assembly version update in Release 58 (GCA_013339695.1 -> GCA_013339695.2)

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New assemblies with gene and protein annotation every two weeks.

Note: species that already exist on this site will continue to be updated with the full range of annotations.


The Ensembl Rapid Release website provides annotation for recently produced, publicly available vertebrate and non-vertebrate genomes from biodiversity initiatives such as Darwin Tree of Life, the Vertebrate Genomes Project and the Earth BioGenome Project.

Rapid Release news on our blog

Archive sites

Archive of release 56 of EnsemblMetazoa: eg56-metazoa.ensembl.org (Feb 2023)

Archive of release 52 of EnsemblMetazoa: eg52-metazoa.ensembl.org (Dec 2021)

Archive of release 49 of EnsemblMetazoa: eg49-metazoa.ensembl.org (Dec 2020)

Archive of release 45 of EnsemblMetazoa: eg45-metazoa.ensembl.org (Sep 2019)

Archive of release 40 of EnsemblMetazoa: eg40-metazoa.ensembl.org (July 2018)

Archive of release 37 of EnsemblMetazoa: eg37-metazoa.ensembl.org (Oct 2017)


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The biting midge genome resequencing and annotation is funding by a grant from the Bioinformatics and Biological Resources Fund of the United Kingdom Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (grant number BB/M028372/1) to The Pirbright Institute and the European Bioinformatics Institute.

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