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A First Glimpse at the Genome of the Baikalian Amphipod (Eulimnogammarus verrucosus)

Lorena Rivarola-Duarte, Christian Otto, Frank Jühling, Stephan Schreiber, Daria Bedulina, Lena Jakob, Anton Gurkov, Denis Axenov-Gribanov, Abdullah H. Sahyoun, Magnus Lucassen, Jörg Hackermüller, Steve Hoffmann, Franz Sartoris, Hans-Otto Pörtner, Maxim Timofeyev, Till Luckenbach, Peter F. Stadler


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Journal of Experimental Zoology Part B: Molecular and Developmental Evolution, Volume 322, Issue 3, pages 177–189, May 2014,DOI: 10.1002/jez.b.22560


Eulimnogammarus verrucosus is an amphipod endemic to the unique ecosystem of Lake Baikal and serves as an emerging model in ecotoxicological studies. We report here on a survey sequencing of its genome as a first step to establish sequence resources for this species. From a single lane of paired-end sequencing data we estimated the genome size as nearly 10 Gb and we obtained an overview of the repeat content. At least two thirds of the genome are non-unique DNA, and a third of the genomic DNA is composed of just five families of repetitive elements, including low-complexity sequences. Attempts to use off-the-shelf assembly tools failed on the available low-coverage data both before and after removal of highly repetitive components. Using a seed-based approach we nevertheless assembled short contigs covering 33 pre-microRNAs and the homeodomain-containing exon of nine Hox genes. The absence of clear evidence for paralogs implies that a genome duplication did not contribute to the large genome size. We furthermore report the assembly of the mitochondrial genome using a new, guided “crystallization” procedure. The initial results presented here set the stage for a more complete sequencing and analysis of this large genome.