The complete chloroplast genome sequence of Styrax zhejiangensis, a species with an extremely small population

Mitochondrial DNA B Resour. 2018 Oct 29;3(2):998-999. doi: 10.1080/23802359.2018.1507639.


Styrax zhejiangensis is an endemic species to China and is only distributed in Jiande, Zhejiang Province. The species is on the verge of extinction. The chloroplast genome of S. zhejiangensis was determined from Illumina pair-end sequencing data. The sequence was 157,387 bp and consisted of one large (LSC, 87,193 bp) and one small (SSC, 18,286 bp) single-copy region region, separated by a pair of inverted repeat (IR, 25,954 bp) regions. The sequence included 116 genes, including 82 protein-coding genes, 19 rRNAs and 15 tRNAs. The overall GC content was 37.0%. A maximum likelihood phylogenetic analysis showed that Styracaceae was more closely related to Symplocaceae than to Ebenaceae.

Keywords: Styrax zhejiangensis; chloroplast genome; conservation; phylogenetic relationship.