Complete mitochondrial genome of the Oriental Hornet, Vespa orientalis F. (Hymenoptera: Vespidae)

Nizar Jamal Haddad, Kosai Ali Ahmed Al-Nakeeb, Bent Petersen, Love Dalén, Nikolaj Sorgenfrei Blom, Thomas Sicheritz-Pontén

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Abstract

The Oriental Hornet (Vespa orientalis) is a social insect belonging to the Vespiade family (Wasps, Hornets, Yellowjackets), genus Vespa (true Hornets). The oriental hornet is a scavenger and an agricultural pest, especially to bee farmers, but is also recently described as a harvester of solar energy. Here, we report the mitochondrial genome sequence of the Oriental Hornet, Vespa orientalis F., which may play a vital role in understanding this wasp biology, light trapping and generation of electricity. The mitochondrial genome of this hornet is 16,099 bp in length, containing 13 protein-coding genes, 21 transfer RNA genes, and 2 ribosomal RNA genes. The overall base composition of the heavy-strand is 40.3% A, 5.9% C, 13.2% G, and 40.6% T, the percentages of A and T being higher than that of G and C. The mitochondrial genome of the Oriental Hornet, Vespa orientalis F. represents the first mitogenome of a solar energy harvesting insect.
Original languageEnglish
JournalMitochondrial DNA Part B
Volume2
Issue number1
Pages (from-to)139-140
ISSN2380-2359
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2017

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Keywords

  • Oriental hornet
  • Vespa orientalis F
  • Mitochondrial genome

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