The first complete mitogenome of Indian star tortoise (Geochelone elegans)

Shubhagata Das, Tofazzal Md Rakib, Md Shafiqul Islam, Md Mustafizur Rahaman, Tridip Das, Mohammad Alamgir Hossain, Subir Sarker, Shane R. Raidal

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The complete mitochondrial genome of Indian star tortoise (Geochelone elegans) was characterized having 16,446 bp nucleotides encoding 37 genes in circular orientation comprising 13 protein-coding genes, 22 tRNA genes and two rRNA genes. The lengths of 12S and 16S ribosomal RNA were 973 bp and 1600 bp. A non-coding control region (D-Loop) of 966 bp was identified between tRNAPro and tRNAPhe having seven interrupted tandem repeats. A single A + 1 frameshift insertion in the ND3 gene (ND3-174) was also discovered. The complete mitogenome of G. elegans would contribute in deeper understanding of the evolutionary dynamics and conservation effort of vulnerable testudine families.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1112-1113
Number of pages2
JournalMitochondrial DNA Part B: Resources
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 14 Oct 2018


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