Genome assembly and population genomic data of a pulmonate snail Ellobium chinense

Haena Kwak, Damin Lee, Yukyung Kim, Joohee Park, Heeseung Yeum, Donghee Kim, Yun Wei Dong, Tomoyuki Nakano, Choongwon Jeong, Joong Ki Park

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Ellobium chinense is an airbreathing, pulmonate gastropod species that inhabits saltmarshes in estuaries of the northwestern Pacific. Due to a rapid population decline and their unique ecological niche in estuarine ecosystems, this species has attracted special attention regarding their conservation and the genomic basis of adaptation to frequently changing environments. Here we report a draft genome assembly of E. chinense with a total size of 949.470 Mb and a scaffold N50 of 1.465 Mb. Comparative genomic analysis revealed that the GO terms enriched among four gastropod species are related to signal transduction involved in maintaining electrochemical gradients across the cell membrane. Population genomic analysis using the MSMC model for 14 re-sequenced individuals revealed a drastic decline in Korean and Japanese populations during the last glacial period, while the southern Chinese population retained a much larger effective population size (Ne). These contrasting demographic changes might be attributed to multiple environmental factors during the glacial–interglacial cycles. This study provides valuable genomic resources for understanding adaptation and historical demographic responses to climate change.

Original languageEnglish
Article number31
JournalScientific Data
Issue number1
StatePublished - Dec 2024

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