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Haemonchus contortus

Taxonomy ID 6289

The nematode Haemonchus contortus, or red stomach worm, wire worm or Barber's pole worm, is an animal endoparasite infecting wild and domesticated ruminants (including sheep and goats) worldwide. It is a very common parasite and one the most pathogenic nematodes of ruminants. Adult worms are attached to abomasal mucosa and feed on the blood. H. contortus is a close relative of the human hookworm species which makes it an important model of parasitic nematode biology that is commonly used for experimental studies.

Genome Projects

There are 2 genome projects for Haemonchus contortus:

  • PRJEB506: Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute (Strain MHco3)
  • PRJNA205202: University of Melbourne / Cornell University (Strain H. contortus Australian isolate)

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