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Hyalella azteca

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Hyalella azteca is a freshwater epibenthic amphipod of interest to ecotoxicology and evolutionary biology. It is the primary invertebrate crustacean used in the U.S. for sediment toxicity testing and have been the subject of recent gene expression studies in ecotoxicogenomics.

H. azteca is a species complex which has diverged in North America over the past 11 million years creating numerous ecotypes which are the subject of divergent and convergent evolutionary studies.

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Helen Poynton. Image license: CC-BY 4.0.
NameProgramDate Constructed
NCBI Hyalella azteca Annotation Release 100NCBI Eukaryotic annotation pipelineSep 16th, 2016
Hyalella azteca genome assembly Hazt_2.0.1 (GCA_000764305.3)AllPathsLG v. 48744; Atlas Link v. 1.0; Atlas GapFill v. 2.2; Redundans v. 0.11bNov 5th, 2019
Hyalella azteca annotations OGSv1.2remap-gff3; NCBI QCNov 4th, 2019
Hyalella azteca annotations OGSv1.1remap-gff3 (NA)Sep 21st, 2018
Functional annotation of Hyalella azteca hyaazt OGSv1.2AgBase functional annotation pipelineSep 14th, 2022
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