Welcome to the home of the Bicyclus anynana genome

Picture: Antonia Monteiro


Here you can search the genome and gene sets of the squinting bush brown butterfly.


This work is being performed as a joint project between members from Yale University, The University of Liverpool, The University of California - Irvine, The University of Edinburgh, Wagengin University, The University of Cambridge, Universitat Greifswald, and the Instituto Gulbenkian de Ciencia.


Currently only project members can download the data.



The butterfly model based on laboratory stocks of the African species Bicyclus anynana provides a special system for several reasons. First, a range of phenotypes has proven to be amenable to examination in this system. These include wing color patterns (including eyespots), seasonal forms, male androconia (secondary sexual traits), and a range of life-history traits (relevant to aging research). These phenotypes have a clear ecological relevance that is associated with dramatic differences in ecological environments represented by the dry and wet seasons in East Africa. Second, the Bicyclus genus and closely related genera from independent radiations in Asia and Madagascar are highly speciose, thereby providing opportunities to explore diversity among species for wing patterning, life histories, and male secondary sexual traits. There are also rich opportunities for examining interactions among all of these phenotypes and both natural and sexual selection. Moreover, the size of the organisms provides important practical advantages. B. anynana individuals are small enough to be readily reared in large numbers, but big enough to allow marking and tracking and also to facilitate such manipulations as microsurgical procedures on developing wing discs and the noninvasive sampling of hemolymph. Here, we explore the characteristics of B. anynana that enable integrative research linking variations among genotypes via development and physiology to variations in phenotypes and variations in adaptation to natural environments. (Brakefield et al2009).




How can I see the stats for a particular genome?


How can I search the data?


How can I edit this page?


How can I download the data?




How can I see the stats for a particular genome?

Each genome loaded into the database automatically has statistics and an interactive scaffolds plot created. To see them select Search -> Species from the navigation bar then select the genome you're interested in


How can I search the data?

Currently only BLAST searches of the genome scaffolds and text searches of publications are available. Gene predictions and annotations will be added soon.


How can I edit this page?

Only users with admin accounts can edit the home page. To set this up please email ben.elsworth@ed.ac.uk.


How can I download data?

Currently only members of the genome project have access to the data downloads.