Two new corallimorpharian genomes published!

19 April, 2017

Corallimorpharians are the closest non-calcifying relatives of reef-building corals. In this publication, we sequenced and assembled two draft genomes for the Corallimorpharia species Amplexidiscus fenestrafer and Discosoma sp. The draft genomes encompass 370 and 445 Mbp, respectively, and encode for 21,372 and 23,199 genes.
These two genomes are important resources for future studies on hexacorallian systematics and the evolutionary basis of their specific traits. For instance, studies on the symbiotic relationship with dinoflagellates of the genus Symbiodinium or the evolution of calcification in reef-building corals would both benefit by the availability of these genomes.
Check out the publication in Molecular Ecology Resources, linked below.