The Complete Mitochondrial Genome of the Scorpion Centruroides vittatus (Arachnida: Scorpiones)

Tsunemi Yamashita, Arkansas Tech University
Douglas Rhoads, University of Arkansas
Jeff F. Pummill, University of Arkansas


The complete mitochondrial genome (mitogenome) of the Striped scorpion (Centruroides vittatus) was assembled from Illumina-based whole genome sequencing. The circular genome is 14,602 bp in length with 13 protein coding genes, 21 tRNA, two rRNAs, a translocation-inversion of tRNALeu compared to the horse shoe crab mitogenome, and the absence of tRNAAsp. The A + T content of the mitogenome is 68.1%. Our Bayesian and maximum likelihood phylogenetic analyses placed the C. vittatus mitogenome as a sister group of C. limpidus and nestled within the new world Buthids.