The llama (Lama glama) is a domesticated South American camelid, widely used as a meat and pack animal by Andean cultures since the Pre-Columbian era.
Today, we release the chromosome-length assembly for the llama named Fiesta, living at the Houston Zoo. Fiesta is pretty famous! Check out this viral video of her enjoying the leaf blower. This is a $1K short-read assembly.
This is the third camelid in our collection, the other two being the dromedary and the alpaca, both upgrades from previously available genomes. Check the whole-genome alignments below: looks like the camel karyotype has been very stable over the last 45MY or so!