The complete mitochondrial genome of Limnoria quadripunctata Holthuis (Isopoda Limnoriidae)

Rhiannon E. Lloyd, Simon D. Streeter, Peter G. Foster, Timothy J. Littlewood, Jim Huntley, Gregg T. Beckham, Michael E. Himmel, Simon M. Cragg

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The complete mitochondrial genome of Limnoria quadripunctata, a marine wood-eating isopod crustacean, was determined from whole genome sequence data. The mitogenome is 16,503 bp in length and contains 39 genes: 13 protein-coding, 2 ribosomal RNA, 22 tRNA, two of which are repeated and a control region. The start codon most commonly used by the Limnoria protein-coding genes is ATN, as is the case in the two other available complete isopod mitogenomes. The gene arrangement differs among these complete isopod mitogenomes, as does the AT-content of H-strand protein-coding genes. The latter observations, coupled with the considerable nucleotide diversity observed between the isopod mitogenomes, support the idea that each isopod species belongs to a distinct lineage as implied by their current placement in separate suborders.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)825-826
JournalMitochondrial DNA
Issue number6
Early online date10 Jan 2014
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2014


  • mitogenome
  • gribble
  • Crustacea


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