The complete mitochondrial genome of record-breaking migrant Arctic tern (Sterna paradisaea)

Ilze Skujina, Amy Healey, Sophie Marie Catherine de Becquevort, Paul Shaw, Robert McMahon, Charly Morgan, Caron Evans, Rachel Taylor, Matthew Hegarty, Niall McKeown

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The analysis of mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) base composition, codon usage, and genome arrangement patterns can provide insight into metabolic pathways and evolutionary history. Here, we report on the complete mitochondrial genome (mitogenome) of Arctic tern (Sterna paradisaea) a species notable for undertaking the longest migrations of any species as well as breeding in sub-polar habitats and capable of enduring extreme altitude. The complete mitogenome was 16,708 bp long and was typical of other avian mitogenomes in size and content. The phylogenetic position of the Arctic tern within Charadriiformes based on the coding region on the mtDNA corresponded closely to that based on nuclear loci. The sequence will provide a useful resource for investigations of metabolic adaptations of this remarkable species
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2738-2739
Number of pages2
JournalMitochondrial DNA Part B
Issue number2
Early online date22 Jul 2019
Publication statusPublished - 22 Jul 2019


  • Sterna paradisaea
  • mtDNA
  • complete mitogenome
  • long-lived migrant


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