Megabat assembly and gene annotation


This is the first release of the low-coverage 2.63X assembly of the megabat (Pteropus vampyrus). The genome sequencing is provided by the Human Genome Sequencing Center, Baylor College of Medicine and assembly is provided by the Broad Institute.

The N50 size is the length such that 50% of the assembled genome lies in blocks of the N50 size or longer. The N50 length for supercontigs is 118.14 kb and is 8.53 kb for contigs. The total number of bases in supercontigs is 1.96 Gb and in contigs is 1.84 Gb.

Gene annotation

Owing to the fragmentary nature of this preliminary assembly, it was necessary to arrange some scaffolds into "gene-scaffold" super-structures, in order to present complete genes. There are 4097 such gene-scaffolds, with identifiers of the form "GeneScaffold_1".

Mammalian Genome Project

Pteropus vampyrus is one of 24 mammals that will be sequenced as part of the Mammalian Genome Project, funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH). A group of species were chosen to maximise the branch length of the evolutionary tree while representing the diversity of mammalian species. Low-coverage 2X assemblies will be produced for these mammals and used in alignments for cross-species comparison. The aim is to increase our understanding of functional elements, especially in the human genome.

More information

General information about this species can be found in Wikipedia.



AssemblypteVam1, Jul 2008
Database version79.1
Base Pairs1,839,436,660
Golden Path Length

The golden path is the length of the reference assembly. It consists of the sum of all top-level sequences in the seq_region table, omitting any redundant regions such as haplotypes and PARs (pseudoautosomal regions).

Genebuild byEnsembl
Genebuild methodProjection build
Genebuild startedNov 2008
Genebuild releasedFeb 2009
Genebuild last updated/patchedMay 2010

Gene counts

Coding genes

Genes and/or transcript that contains an open reading frame (ORF).

Non coding genes4,171
Small non coding genes

Small non coding genes are usually fewer than 200 bases long. They may be transcribed but are not translated. In Ensembl, genes with the following biotypes are classed as small non coding genes: miRNA, miscRNA, rRNA, scRNA, snlRNA, snoRNA, snRNA, and also the pseudogenic form of these biotypes. The majority of the small non coding genes in Ensembl are annotated automatically by our ncRNA pipeline. Please note that tRNAs are annotated separately using tRNAscan. tRNAs are included as 'simple fetaures', not genes, because they are not annotated using aligned sequence evidence.

Misc non coding genes176

A pseudogene shares an evolutionary history with a functional protein-coding gene but it has been mutated through evolution to contain frameshift and/or stop codon(s) that disrupt the open reading frame.

Gene transcriptsNucleotide sequence resulting from the transcription of the genomic DNA to mRNA. One gene can have different transcripts or splice variants resulting from the alternative splicing of different exons in genes.22,257


Genscan gene predictions72,038