Central bearded dragon genome

The Central bearded dragon (Pogona vitticeps) is widely distributed across central and eastern Australia. Due to their highly ameanable captive breeding, Pogona has been used extensively in scientific research and pet trade.

Pogona vitticeps, Photo Arthur Georges

Pogona vitticeps was the first Australian reptile to have a draft genome assembly made publicly available (ZZ genotype). AusARG will draw on the existing data to generate a platinum quality genome (ZW genotype) to complete the full chromosomal map for the species.

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  • A. Georges, Q. Li, J. Lian, D. O’Meally, J. Deakin, Z. Wang, P. Zhang, M. Fujita, H.R. Patel, C.E. Holleley, Y. Zhou, X. Zhang, K. Matsubara, P. Waters, J.A.M. Graves, S.D. Sarre, G. Zhang, (2015) High-coverage sequencing and annotated assembly of the genome of the Australian dragon lizard Pogona vitticepsGigaScience, Vol 4(1), s13742–015–0085–2, https://doi.org/10.1186/s13742-015-0085-2