These authors contributed equally to this paper.
Complete mitochondrial genome of a carabid beetle, Damaster mirabilissimus mirabilissim (Coleoptera: Carabidae)
Version of Record online: 6 DEC 2011
© 2011 The Authors. Entomological Research © 2011 The Entomological Society of Korea and Blackwell Publishing Asia Pty Ltd
Volume 42, Issue 1, pages 44–54, January 2012
How to Cite
WAN, X., HONG, M. Y., LIAO, A., KIM, M. I., KIM, K.-G., HAN, Y. S. and KIM, I. (2012), Complete mitochondrial genome of a carabid beetle, Damaster mirabilissimus mirabilissim (Coleoptera: Carabidae). Entomological Research, 42: 44–54. doi: 10.1111/j.1748-5967.2011.00355.x
- Issue online: 17 JAN 2012
- Version of Record online: 6 DEC 2011
- Received 25 August 2011; accepted 18 October 2011.
- A+T-rich region;
- carabid beetle;
- mitochondrial genome;
- tRNA-like sequence
In the present study, we report the 16 823-bp long complete mitochondrial genome (mitogenome) of a carabid beetle, Damaster mirabilissimus mirabilissim (Coleoptera: Carabidae), which is endangered in Korea. The gene arrangement of D. m. mirabilissim mitogenome is identical to the most common type found in insects. The start codon of the D. m. mirabilissim COI gene is a typical ATN codon. On the other hand, the initiation codon for ND1 gene is TTG, instead of ATN. All transfer RNAs (tRNAs) exhibit a stable canonical clover-leaf structure, except for tRNASer(AGN), the dihydrouridine arm of which forms a simple loop. The 1703-bp long A+T-rich region is the second longest among the complete adephagan mitogenome sequences, next to Macrogyrus oblongus belonging to Gyrinoidea. One of the unusual features of the genome is the presence of a tRNALeu(UUR)-like sequence in the A+T-rich region. This sequence displays the proper anticodon sequence and the potential to form secondary structures, but also harbors many mismatches in the stems.