A high-quality reference genome assembly is an essential tool for understanding the biology of any organism. Since the genome encodes a full set of instructions for Basuki’s development and maintenance, it is critical to decode this “organism blueprint” to lay a foundation for future conservation genetics studies, such as population-scale resequencing.
The Banggai cardinalfish is threatened primarily by its very small range and declining population. Once a population size reaches a certain point, inbreeding reduces diversity, creating a feedback loop potentially ending in extinction. The life history of Banggai cardinalfish results in extreme levels of population structure, which translates into genotypes that are unique to each local population. The Dovetail Genomics reference assembly will enable genotyping of different cardinalfish populations, empowering breeding and reintroduction programs, and more.