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What's New in Release 59

  • Assembly and gene set data updated
  • New assembly for existing species
    • Drosophila ananassae (Fruit fly, GCA_017639315.2)
    • Drosophila erecta (Fruit fly, GCA_003286155.2)
    • Drosophila grimshawi (Fruit fly, GCA_018153295.1)
    • Drosophila mojavensis (Fruit fly, GCA_018153725.1)
    • Drosophila persimilis (Fruit fly, GCA_003286085.2)
    • Drosophila pseudoobscura (Fruit fly, GCA_009870125.2)
    • Drosophila sechellia (Fruit fly, GCA_004382195.2)
    • Drosophila simulans (Fruit fly, GCA_016746395.2)
    • Drosophila virilis (Fruit fly, GCA_003285735.2)
    • Drosophila willistoni (Fruit fly, GCA_018902025.2)
    • Drosophila yakuba (Fruit fly, GCA_016746365.2)
  • New species
    • Bactrocera neohumeralis (Lesser Queensland fruit fly, GCA_024586455.2)
    • Cherax quadricarinatus (Australian red claw crayfish, GCA_026875155.2)
    • Coremacera marginata (Sieve-winged Snailkiller, GCA_914767935.1)
    • Ctenocephalides felis (Cat flea, GCA_003426905.1)
    • Daphnia carinata (Water flea, GCA_022539665.3)
    • Diaphorina citri (Asian citrus psyllid, GCA_000475195.1)
    • Drosophila albomicans (Fruit fly, GCA_009650485.2)
    • Drosophila arizonae (Fruit fly, GCA_001654025.1)
    • Drosophila biarmipes (Fruit fly, GCA_025231255.1)
    • Drosophila bipectinata (Fruit fly, GCA_000236285.2)
    • Drosophila busckii (Fruit fly, GCA_011750605.1)
    • Drosophila elegans (Fruit fly, GCA_000224195.2)
    • Drosophila eugracilis (Fruit fly, GCA_018153835.1)
    • Drosophila ficusphila (Fruit fly, GCA_018152265.1)
    • Drosophila guanche (Fruit fly, GCA_900245975.1)
    • Drosophila gunungcola (Fruit fly, GCA_025200985.1)
    • Drosophila hydei (Fruit fly, GCA_003285905.2)
    • Drosophila innubila (Fruit fly, GCA_004354385.1)
    • Drosophila kikkawai (Fruit fly, GCA_018152535.1)
    • Drosophila mauritiana (Fruit fly, GCA_004382145.1)
    • Drosophila miranda (Fruit fly, GCA_003369915.2)
    • Drosophila navojoa (Fruit fly, GCA_001654015.2)
    • Drosophila obscura (Fruit fly, GCA_018151105.1)
    • Drosophila rhopaloa (Fruit fly, GCA_000236305.2)
    • Drosophila santomea (Fruit fly, GCA_016746245.2)
    • Drosophila subobscura (Fruit fly, GCA_008121235.1)
    • Drosophila subpulchrella (Fruit fly, GCA_014743375.2)
    • Drosophila suzukii (Fruit fly, GCA_013340165.1)
    • Drosophila takahashii (Fruit fly, GCA_018152695.1)
    • Drosophila teissieri (Fruit fly, GCA_016746235.2)
    • Eriocheir sinensis (Chinese mitten crab, GCA_024679095.1)
    • Halyomorpha halys (Brown marmorated stink bug, GCA_000696795.2)
    • Homarus gammarus (European lobster, GCA_958450375.1)
    • Hydractinia symbiolongicarpus (Hydrozoan, GCA_029227915.2)
    • Lytechinus pictus (Painted urchin, GCA_015342785.2)
    • Machimus atricapillus (Kite-tailed Robberfly, GCA_933228815.1)
    • Melanaphis sacchari (Sugarcane aphid, GCA_002803265.2)
    • Microctonus aethiopoides (Parasitoid wasp, GCA_030272655.1)
    • Microctonus aethiopoides (Parasitoid wasp, GCA_030272935.1)
    • Microctonus aethiopoides (Parasitoid wasp, GCA_030347275.1)
    • Microctonus hyperodae (Parasitoid wasp, GCA_030347285.1)
    • Myopa tessellatipennis (Thick-headed flies, GCA_943737955.1)
    • Octopus bimaculoides (California two-spot octopus, GCA_001194135.2)
    • Paramacrobiotus metropolitanus (Water bear tardigrade, GCA_019649055.1)
    • Pecten maximus (Great Scallop, GCA_902652985.1)
    • Tribolium madens (Black flour beetle, GCA_015345945.1)
    • Uloborus diversus (Orb Weaver, GCA_026930045.1)
  • Updated gene sets
  • Updated BioMarts for all gene and variation data
  • Updated pan-taxonomic gene trees and homologies

  • Planned updates

    • Release 60:
    • Athalia rosa (Coleseed sawfly) - The older GCA_000344095.2 assembly to be removed from Release 60. Compara reference update to GCA_917208135.1
    • Drosophila yakuba - The older GCA_000005975.1 assembly to be removed.
    • Melitaea cinxia (Glanville fritillary) - The older GCA_000716385.1 assembly to be removed.
    • Release 61:
    • Bombus terrestris (Buff-tailed bumble-bee) - Compara reference genome (Metazoa & Protostome protein trees) updated to newer GCA_910591885.2 assembly. The older GCA_000214255.1 fully dropped.
    • Planned updates from WormBase Parasite (release 61 onwards):
    • Schistosoma haematobium (flatworms) - Older assembly GCA_000699445.2 to be replaced with assembly GCA_944470465.2
    • Schistosoma mansoni (flatworms) - Older assembly GCA_000237925.3 to be updated to newer version GCA_000237925.5
    • Schmidtea mediterranea - New species of freshwater planarian flatworm to be imported.

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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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