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Schistocephalus solidus

BioProject PRJEB527 | Data Source Wellcome Sanger Institute | Taxonomy ID 70667

About Schistocephalus solidus

The hermaphrodite cestode Schistocephalus solidus is a parasite of fish, fish-eating birds and rodents. S. solidus can be found in areas of western and eastern North America, including Alaska and provinces of Canada, Europe, and Eurasia.

Genome Assembly & Annotation


The draft genome assembly was produced by the Parasite Genomic group at the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute, in collaboration with Martin Kalbe (Max-Planck Institute for Evolutionary Biology), using Illumina paired-end sequencing followed by an in-house genome assembly pipeline comprising various steps, including contig assembly, scaffolding, gap-filling and error-correction (Helminth Genomes Consortium, unpublished).


The gene predictions were made by the Parasite Genomics group at the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute and WormBase, as part of the 50 Helminth Genomes Initiative (Helminth Genomes Consortium, unpublished). An in-house pipeline was developed that used MAKER to generate high-quality annotations by integrating evidence from multiple sources: ab initio gene predictions from AUGUSTUS, GeneMark-ES, and SNAP; projected annotation from C. elegans (using GenBlastG) and the taxonomically nearest reference helminth genome (using RATT); and ESTs, mRNAs and proteins from related organisms aligned to the genome using BLAST, with refinement of alignments using Exonerate.

Assembly Statistics

AssemblyS_solidus_NST_G2_v1_5_4, GCA_000951495.1
Database VersionWBPS11
Genome Size539,424,504
Data SourceWellcome Sanger Institute
Annotation Version2014-06-50HGPpatch

Gene counts

Coding genes20,228
Gene transcripts20,228

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