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The California halibut, Paralichthys californicus, is a highly priced flatfish because of its size and meat quality. This work presents the complete mitochondrial genome of P. californicus. Total DNA from muscle tissue was extracted and sequenced using the Illumina platform. Reads were cleaned, trimmed, assembled de novo, and annotated. The California halibut mitogenome is 16,858 bp in length (GenBank accession number: MT859134), containing 13 protein-coding genes, 22 tRNAs, 2 rRNAs, and the control region. P. californicus mitogenome was most similar to Paralichthys olivaceus than to other flatfish mitogenomes, in agreement with their geographic distribution. This information deepens the knowledge of the California halibut, which is not only ecologically important, but also a socioeconomically relevant resource for fishery and aquaculture in California, USA, and Baja California, Mexico.
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