We describe the complete mitochondrial genomes of the flapper skate Dipturus intermedius (Parnell 1837) and the longnose skate Dipturus oxyrinchus (Linnaeus 1758), which have been obtained by Sanger sequencing. We report the length of the sequences to be 16,906 and 16,911 bp, respectively. The length and structure of gene regions, containing 13 protein-coding regions, 22 tRNA genes, two rRNA genes, and two non-coding areas, resemble those of related skate species. Despite D. intermedius being considered a cryptic species with D. batis, the full mitogenomes confirm that D. intermedius and D. oxyrinchus are more genetically similar. In comparison to other Dipturus species, D. intermedius is missing a whole codon in its cytochrome oxidase subunit 2 gene. These mitogenomes will be a useful resource furthering investigation of the population genetic differences and evolutionary history of skate species.
We thank Martine Solås and Frank Midtøy at the University of Bergen for providing samples, Michelle Frost for genetic identification of the species, and Ceara Hayton and Tanya Gyuleva for assistance in the lab.
This work was supported by NatureScot.
- Dipturus intermedius
- Dipturus oxyrinchus
- flapper skate
- common skate
- Dipturus batis