What’s coming up in Ensembl release 99?

Ensembl 99 (and Ensembl Genomes 46) are due out in December and we plan to include a bumper set of new and updated species. As with all releases, we cannot guarantee that anything listed here will make it into the final release.

Major Data Updates:

  • Update to dbSNP 153
  • Import of updated VISTA enhancers for human and mouse

New and Updated Vertebrate Species:


  • Zebra finch (bTaeGut1_v1.p)
  • Asian bonytongue (fSclFor1.1)
  • Fugu (fTakRub1.2)
  • Nile tilapia (O_niloticus_UMD_NMBU)



  • Golden eagle
  • Kakapo
  • Yellow-billed parrot
  • Gouldian finch
  • Burrowing owl
  • African ostrich
  • Swan goose
  • Indian peafowl
  • Eurasian sparrow hawk
  • Golden pheasant
  • Ring necked pheasant


  • Blue tilapia
  • Golden-line barbel
  • Blind barbel
  • Horned golden-line barbel
  • Common carp german mirror
  • Common carp hobo red
  • Common carp huanghe
  • Jewelled blenny
  • Pinecone soldierfish
  • River trout
  • Live sharksucker
  • Orbiculate cardinalfish
  • Gilthead sea bream
  • Round goby
  • Atlantic salmon


  • Dog (Basenji)
  • Dog (Great Dane)
  • Canada lynx
  • Siberian musk deer
  • Chacoan peccary
  • Sperm whale
  • Meerkat
  • Arabian camel
  • Domestic yak
  • Greater horseshoe bat


  • Komodo dragon
  • Common wall lizard
  • Eastern brown snake
  • Three-toed box turtle


We also plan to add four new plant species:

  • Sweet cherry (Prunus avium)
  • Clementine (Citrus clementina)
  • Morning glory (Ipomoea triloba)
  • Wild sugarcane (Saccharum spontaneum)


As part of the merge of Vectorbase into Ensembl, 35 new genomes, and a major genome update for one species (Aedes aegypti) will be added to Ensembl Metazoa:


  • Aedes aegypti (new L5 assembly)
  • Aedes albopictus
  • Anopheles albimanus
  • Anopheles arabiensis
  • Anopheles atroparvus
  • Anopheles coluzzii (Mali-NIH strain)
  • Anopheles coluzzii (Ngousso strain)
  • Anopheles culicifacies
  • Anopheles dirus
  • Anopheles epiroticus
  • Anopheles farauti
  • Anopheles funestus
  • Anopheles gambiae (Pimperena strain)
  • Anopheles maculatus
  • Anopheles melas
  • Anopheles merus
  • Anopheles minimus
  • Anopheles quadriannulatus
  • Anopheles sinensis (China strain)
  • Anopheles sinensis (Korean strain)
  • Anopheles stephensi (SDA-500 strain)
  • Anopheles stephensi (Indian strain)

Tsetse flies:

  • Glossina austeni
  • Glossina brevipalpis
  • Glossina fuscipes
  • Glossina morsitans
  • Glossina pallidipes
  • Glossina palpalis

Sand flies:

  • Lutzomyia longipalpis
  • Phlebotomus papatasi

Plus the freshwater snail vector of schistosomiasis (Biomphalaria glabrata), common bedbug, the Lyme disease tick, common house fly and stable fly.

Other Updates

  • Display of Atlantic salmon variation from EVA
  • Adding gene synonym filter/attribute to BioMart
  • Updated TrackHub configuration interface
  • Update of Plasmodium falciparum variation data