Unlike most other mongoose species, the banded mongoose, Mungos mungo, are social and prefer to band together. They live in groups of 10-20 individuals but may live in communities as large as 40 mongooses. As they are also smaller in size than other mongoose species, these groups may provide more protection. When a group of banded mongooses are approached by a predator, they group together to try and create the appearance of a larger, singular animal to intimidate the threat .
Today, we release the chromosome-length assembly for the banded mongoose, Mungos mungo! This is another $1K genome assembly, with contig n50 = 61 Kb and scaffold n50 = 129 Mb. We'd like to thank Fupi, a female banded mongoose from the Houston Zoo for donating the sample used to generate is assembly! Check out the interactive JuiceBox.js session below:
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