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Genome of Lepidopygopsis typus

May 15 , 2024 39 days 142 0
  • Scientists have decoded for the first time the mitochondrial genome of Lepidopygopsis typus.
  • It is a unique freshwater fish species of the Western Ghats.
  • It is known to occur only inside Kerala’s Periyar Tiger Reserve.
  • Lepidopygopsis typus is an example of a monotypic species (a genus having only a single species).
  • The purpose of mitogenome sequencing is to help understand the evolution of a species and how different they are from its relatives.
  • Lepidopygopsis typus is also a species that has been listed as ‘endangered’ on the IUCN Red List.

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