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Genomic insights into natural selection in the common loon (Gavia immer): evidence for aquatic adaptation

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Le Duc,  Diana
Department of Evolutionary Genetics, Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology, Max Planck Society;

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Gayk, Z. G., Le Duc, D., Horn, J., & Lindsay, A. R. (2018). Genomic insights into natural selection in the common loon (Gavia immer): evidence for aquatic adaptation. BMC Evolutionary Biology, 18: 64. doi:10.1186/s12862-018-1181-6.


Cite as: http://hdl.handle.net/21.11116/0000-0001-4FBF-1
Abstract
The common loon (Gavia immer) is one of five species that comprise the avian order Gaviiformes. Loons are specialized divers, reaching depths up to 60 m while staying submerged for intervals up to three minutes. In this study we used comparative genomics to investigate the genetic basis of the common loon adaptations to its ecological niche. We used Illumina short read DNA sequence data from a female bird to produce a draft assembly of the common loon (Gavia immer) genome.