The complete mitochondrial genome of Naemorhedus griseus (Artiodactyla: Bovidae) and its phylogenetic implications
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The Chinese goral (Naemorhedus griseus) has been categorized as vulnerable species by the World Conservation Union and listed as a Class I protected species in China for its over-hunting for meat, fur and medicines. In order to provide efficient genetic resources for the conservation and preservation of the endangered species, the complete mitochondrial genome of this species was determined and analyzed. It is 16,446 bp in length and contains 13 protein-coding genes (PCGs), 22 tRNA genes, two rRNA genes, one origin of replication on the light-strand (OL) and a control region. Most of the PCGs use ATG as the common initiation codon, while ND2, ATP6 and ND3 use ATA and ND5 uses ATC as the initiation codon. Most of them have TAA or TAG as the stop codon, except COIII, ND3 and ND4 use an incomplete stop codon T or TA and Cyt b uses an uncommon AGA. An ML tree involving 19 Caprinae species was constructed, which will contribute to phylogenetic studies of Caprinae and further conservation strategies for the Chinese goral.
KeywordsChinese goral Mitogenome Phylogenetic study Conservation strategies
This work was supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (31401984), the Fundamental Research Funds for the Central Universities (2572017CA18), Heilongjiang Postdoctoral Scientific Research Developmental Fund (LBH-Q15003), National Key Technology Research and Development Program Foundation of China (2011BAD13B08) and National Natural Science Foundation of China (No. 41406138).
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