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The complete mitochondrial genome of the Australian Common Rock Rat, Zyzomys argurus

Zandberg, J.D., Reeve, W.G., McConnell, S. and Spencer, P.B.S.ORCID: 0000-0002-4938-2615 (2021) The complete mitochondrial genome of the Australian Common Rock Rat, Zyzomys argurus. Mitochondrial DNA Part B, 6 (9). pp. 2486-2488.

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The Common Rock Rat Zyzomys argurus is an abundant small- to medium-sized Murid rodent that is endemic to Australia. It is a nocturnal mammal with a mostly herbivorous diet. This species is native to the wet/dry tropics of Northern Australia and can be identified from other rock rats on the basis of its small size and its tail length (which is at least equivalent to its head-body length). Here, we describe the complete mitochondrial genome of Z. argurus and compare it to other Rodentia. The Z. argurus circular mitogenome was 16,261 bp and contained 13 protein-coding genes, two rRNA genes, 22 tRNAs and a control region (D-loop) of 859 bp. Phylogenetic analysis of selected, published sequenced mitogenomes reveal it is most closely related to the Lakeland Downs mouse Leggadina lakedownensis in the order Rodentia.

Item Type: Journal Article
Murdoch Affiliation(s): Environmental and Conservation Sciences
Medical, Molecular and Forensic Sciences
Publisher: Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group
Copyright: © 2021 The Author(s)
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