Genetics is an increasingly important tool in conservation biology with growing applications to assist in managing species of conservation concern (Dudgeon et al., 2012; Frankham, 2010). Mitochondrial DNA regularly publishes complete mitogenomes of threatened species including for bony fishes (e.g. Three-spot Seahorse Hippocampus trimaculatus; Vulnerable; Chang et al., 2013), cartilaginous fishes (e.g. Northern River Shark Glyphis garricki; Critically Endangered; Feutry et al., 2014), reptiles (e.g. Frog-faced Softshell Turtle Pelochelys cantorii; Endangered; Chen et al., 2013) and birds (e.g. Saunders’ Gull Larus saundersi; Vulnerable; Ryu & Hwang, 2012). The conservation status of a species is often cited by manuscript authors as a justification for their research, with authors suggesting how their work can inform the conservation, management and ultimately the recovery of threatened species.

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