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Schistosoma mattheei

BioProject PRJEB44434 | Data Source Wellcome Sanger Institute | Taxonomy ID 31246

About Schistosoma mattheei

The trematode Schistosoma mattheei is a parasite of bovids in South Africa using the snail Bulinus globosus as an intermediate host. Humans and other wildlife species that live in close proximity can also be infected.

Genome Assembly & Annotation


This annotated genome assembly was produced as part of the doctoral thesis of Duncan Berger (Berger, D. (2021). Comparative and population genomic analyses of the parasitic blood flukes (Doctoral thesis)) and, from release 18, replaces an older draft assembly PRJEB523.

The assembly was generated from PacBio long-read sequencing data and scaffolded using Hi-C.

The source material for genome sequencing was a single female adult worm, originally obtained from Zambia in 1993, archived as part of the SCAN collection at the Natural History Museum, London, and provided by Fiona Allan, Aidan Emery and Muriel Rabone. Additional worms from the same collection were used for gene finding.


Gene finding employed a customized pipeline that integrated RNA-Seq, Iso-Seq and homology data. Berger, D. (2021). Comparative and population genomic analyses of the parasitic blood flukes (Doctoral thesis).

Key Publications

Assembly Statistics

AssemblytdSchMatt1.1, GCA_944470405.2
Database VersionWBPS19
Genome Size389,351,336
Data SourceWellcome Sanger Institute
Annotation Version2022-10-WormBase

Gene counts

Coding genes10,771
Gene transcripts17,084

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