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WormBase ParaSite HomeVersion: WBPS19 (WS291)-  Archive: WBPS18

Echinococcus granulosus

BioProject PRJEB121 | Data Source Wellcome Sanger Institute | Taxonomy ID 6210

About Echinococcus granulosus

The cestode Echinococcus granulosus is a member of the Cyclophyllidea, which comprise the majority of tapeworms that are of medical importance. Adult E. granulosus parasitise the small intestines of dogs and other canids. Larval stages cause the serious and life-threatening human diseases cystic echinococcosis. E. granulosus has a worldwide distribution.

There are 2 alternative genome projects for Echinococcus granulosus available in WormBase ParaSite: PRJNA182977 PRJNA754835

Genome Assembly & Annotation


The E. granulosus genome was sequenced by the Parasite Genomics group at the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute in collaboration with Cecilia Fernandez (Universidad de la República, Uruguay). The version of the genome presented here was described by Tsai et al (2013), and corresponds to NCBI assembly EGRAN001.


The original gene predictions were made by the Parasite Genomics group at the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute as described by Tsai et al (2013). The gene models have since been subject to iterative improvement, and the version represented here is the March 2013 snapshot.

Key Publications

  • Tsai IJ, Zarowiecki M, Holroyd N, Garciarrubio A, Sánchez-Flores A, Brooks KL, Tracey A, Bobes RJ, Fragoso G, Sciutto E, Aslett M, Beasley H, Bennett HM, Cai X, Camicia F, Clark R, Cucher M, De Silva N, Day TA, Deplazes P, Estrada K, Fernández C, Holland PWH, Hou J, Hu S, Huckvale T, Hung SS, Kamenetzky L, Keane JA, Kiss F, Koziol U, Lambert O, Liu K, Luo X, Luo Y, Macchiaroli N, Nichol S, Paps J, Parkinson J, Pouchkina-Stantcheva N, Riddiford N, Rosenzvit M, Salinas G, Wasmuth JD, Zamanian M, Zheng Y, Taenia solium Genome Consortium, Cai J, Soberón X, Olson PD, Laclette JP, Brehm K, Berriman M. The genomes of four tapeworm species reveal adaptations to parasitism. Nature, 2013;496(7443):57-63

Assembly Statistics

AssemblyEGRAN001, GCA_000469785.1
Database VersionWBPS19
Genome Size114,538,160
Data SourceWellcome Sanger Institute
Annotation Version2014-05-WormBase

Gene counts

Coding genes10,245
Gene transcripts10,273

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