The brown greater galago (Otolemur crassicaudatus) is also commonly known as bush babies. This cutesy name likely came from the high-pitch cries they can make as well as the large, round eyes.. The eyes of the brown greater galago are not only adorable, they provide excellent night vision as they are nocturnal like most other galago species. In addition, the oversized, bat-like ears of the greater brown galago can point in opposite directions and can furl and unfurl their ears to best track insects in the dark .
We would like to graciously thank the Duke Lemur Center for providing the material used in this genome assembly! For the past 35 years, the Duke Lemur Center has collaborated and organized conservation programs in Madagascar to protect the many precious lemur species endemic to the area. Please consider symbolically adopting a lemur help support conversation efforts!
Today, we release the chromosome-length genome for the greater brown galago, Otolemur crassicaudatus! This is a $1K genome, with a contig N50 = 74 Kb and a scaffold N50= 91 Kb.
For assembly procedure details, please see our Methods page. Explore the 31 chromosomes of the greater brown galago in the interactive Hi-C map below.
This is the 6th Lemuriforme species and the 17th primate we've released here on the DNA Zoo blog! Leaping for more lemurs? Check out the assembly pages for the Mongoose lemur (Eulemur mongoz) , the Collared lemur (Eulemur collaris) , and the Gray mouse lemur (Microcebus murinus). Don't forget to subscribe to our mailing list below and give us a follow on Twitter @thednazoo to stay up to date on our latest releases!