Conservation Genetics Resources

, Volume 11, Issue 4, pp 413–417 | Cite as

Complete mitochondrial genome sequence for the somali wild ass Equus africanus somaliensis

  • Hsuan-Yi Hou
  • Rui-Xuan Chang
  • Yi-Ning Cheng
  • Nian-Hong Jang-LiawEmail author
Technical Note


The Somali wild ass (Equus africanus somaliensis) is the world’s most endangered equid and listed as a critically endangered (CR) species by the IUCN red list of threatened animals. In this study, we first determined and described the complete mitochondrial genome of Somali wild ass. The circle genome is 16,663 bp in length, and contains 13 protein coding, 22 tRNA, two rRNA genes and one non-coding control region (D-loop). The overall base composition of the mitochondrial DNA is 32.4% for A, 25.7% for T, 28.8% for C, and 13.2% for G. The percentage of G + C content is 42%. This work provides fundamental molecular data, which will be useful for species identification, forensic genetics and further researches on genetic diversity and conservation of this vulnerable equid.


Complete mitochondrial genome Equus africanus somaliensis Somali wild ass 



We are grateful to Steck Beatrice, Hsin-Chiang Wang and Jim Kao for providing the detailed information of Gina. We are also grateful to Cherry Bearer for editing assistance. This work was supported by 2017 Summer Intern Student Project of Taipei Zoo.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Conservation and Research CenterTaipeiTaiwan
  2. 2.Department of Animal ScienceNational Chiayi UniversityChiayiTaiwan
  3. 3.Department of Animal ScienceNational Pingtung University of Science and TechnologyPingtungTaiwan

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