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Species

 

De novo genome assemblies were generated for three species, the American alligator, the saltwater crocodile, and the Indian gharial. However, we have recently begun work to generate reference-based and de novo assemblies for multiple additional taxa. Details for each is provided below along with links to relevant scientific manuscripts and/or repositories for the assemblies themselves (if released).

 
  Alligator mississippiensis

Alligator mississippiensis

Alligator mississippiensis

The American alligator was our flagship species and the first to be completed. This assembly was recently improved using Dovetail Genomics' high contiguity approach.

Current Assembly: 
NCBI accession AKHW03

Citations:
Green et al. 2014
Rice et al. 2017


Crocodylus porosus

The saltwater crocodile is the largest living reptile and was our second genome assembly. The genome draft for this species was also recently improved and a manuscript is in preparation detailing that data. The individual sequenced was Errol (right), a wild-caught crocodile who now resides at the Fort Worth Zoo. 

Current Assembly: 
NCBI accession MDVP01

Citations:
Green et al. 2014
 

  Crocodylus porosus  - Errol

Crocodylus porosus - Errol


  Gavialis gangeticus

Gavialis gangeticus

Gavialis gangeticus

The Indian gharial is critically endangered and represents one of only two species in the family Gavialidae. DNA was provided by the Fort Worth Zoo after a young female died from disease. 

Current Assembly:
NCBI accession MDVQ01

Citations:
Green et al. 2014


  Crocodylus acutus

Crocodylus acutus

Crocodylus acutus

The American crocodile ranges from southern Florida, across much of Central America and into South America. We are using low-coverage sequencing and the current C. porosus assembly to investigate this genome. 

Current Assembly:
Reference-based, in progress.

Citations:
 


  Crocodylus niloticus

Crocodylus niloticus

Crocodylus niloticus

The Nile crocodile occupies much of sub-Saharan Africa.

Current Assembly:
Reference-based, in progress.

Citations:

 

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Crocodylus moreletii

Restricted to southern Mexico, Belize, and Guatemala. 

Current Assembly:
Reference-based, in progress.

Citations:


  Crocodylus rhombifer

Crocodylus rhombifer

Crocodylus rhombifer

The Cuban crocodile is a bit greener than most crocodiles, this species can jump. 

Current Assembly:
Reference-based, in progress.

Citations:


Crocodylus_johnstoni.jpg

Crocodylus johnsoni

The freshwater crocodile (freshie) is native to inland waters of Australia.  It's smaller and has a narrower snout than the saltwater crocodile (salty).

Current Assembly:
Reference-based, in progress.

Citations: