The complete mitochondrial genome of Blue-fronted Redstart (Phoenicurus frontalis), GenBank accession number MT360379 (NC_053917), was published by Li and colleages in 2020. Here we show that this mitogenome is actually a chimera containing DNA fragments of both P. frontalis (15,518 bp, 92.5%) and Pink-rumped Rosefinch (Carpodacus waltoni eos, 1258 bp, 7.5%). This mitogenome has been re-used in at least three phylogenies. Our study confirms that mitogenomes are best verified with multiple gene trees, and that any anomalies should be investigated by direct comparison of sequences.

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Mitochondrial DNA Part B

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Sangster, G., & Luksenburg, Jolanda A. (2024). The published complete mitochondrial genome of Blue-fronted Redstart (Phoenicurus frontalis) is a chimera and includes DNA from Pink-rumped RosefinchCarpodacus waltoni eos (Aves: Passeriformes). Mitochondrial DNA Part B, 9(7), 861–864. doi:10.1080/23802359.2024.2377170