Matrosova V.A., Gündüz İ., Ermakov O.A., Demirtaş S., Simonov E. 2023. The complete mitochondrial genome of endemic Taurus ground squirrel Spermophilus taurensis (Rodentia: Sciuridae) // Russian J. Theriol. Vol.22. No.2. P.97–101 [in English].

Vera A. Matrosova [], Engelhardt Institute of Molecular Biology, Russian Academy of Sciences, 32, Vavilov str., Moscow, Russia, 119991; İslam Gündüz [], Sadık Demirtaş [], University of Ondokuz Mayıs, Samsun, Turkey; Oleg A. Ermakov [], Penza State University, 40, Krasnaya str., Penza, Russia, 440026; Evgeniy Simonov [], A.N. Severtsov Institute of Ecology and Evolution, Russian Academy of Sciences, 33, Leninsky Prospect, Moscow, Russia, 119071.

doi: 10.15298/rusjtheriol.22.2.02

ABSTRACT. Complete mitochondrial genome of paratype specimen of Taurus ground squirrel Spermophilus taurensis was assembled for the first time. We provide data concerning the sequencing, assembly, and annotation of the obtained mitochondrial genome. The studied mitogenome being 16 447 bp in length, and containing 13 protein-coding genes, two ribosomal RNA genes, 22 transfer RNA genes, an origin of L-strand replication and a control region. Data obtained for the whole mitochondrial genome confirmed sister position of S. taurensis and the closely related species S. citellus on the phylogenetic tree, which was shown earlier on single genes.

KEY WORDS: Marmotinae phylogeny, mitochondrial DNA, Turkey.

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