Nuclear and mitochondrial genomic resources for the meltwater stonefly (Plecoptera: Nemouridae), Lednia tumana (Ricker, 1952)

Scott Hotaling, Joanna L. Kelley, David W. Weisrock

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With more than 3,700 described species, stoneflies (Order Plecoptera) are an important component of global aquatic biodiversity. The meltwater stonefly Lednia tumana (Ricker, 1952) is endemic to alpine streams of Glacier National Park and has been petitioned for listing under the U.S. Endangered Species Act (ESA) due to climate change-induced loss of alpine glaciers and snowfields. Here, we present de novo assemblies of the nuclear (∼520 million base pairs [bp]) and mitochondrial (15,014-bp) genomes for L. tumana. The L. tumana (Family Nemouridae) nuclear genome is the most complete stonefly genome reported to date, with ∼71% of genes present in complete form and more than 4,600 contigs longer than 10-kilobases (kb). The L. tumana mitochondrial genome is the second for the family Nemouridae and the first from North America. Together, both genomes represent important foundational resources, setting the stage for future efforts to understand the evolution of L. tumana, stoneflies, and aquatic insects worldwide.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)362-369
Number of pages8
JournalAquatic Insects
Issue number4
StatePublished - Oct 2 2019

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
This research was supported by the University of Kentucky (UK) and National Science Foundation (DEB-0949532). We thank Alan Lemmon and Emily Lemmon for advice and assistance with sequencing. Computational resources were provided by the UK Center for Computational Sciences and the Lipscomb High Performance Computing Cluster, as well as the Washington State University Center for Institutional Research Computing.

Publisher Copyright:
© 2019, © 2019 Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group.


  • Lednia
  • Nemouridae
  • Plecoptera
  • USA
  • genomics
  • nuclear genome

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics
  • Aquatic Science
  • Insect Science


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