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Spirometra erinaceieuropaei

BioProject PRJEB1202 | Data Source Wellcome Sanger Institute | Taxonomy ID 99802

About Spirometra erinaceieuropaei

The plerocercoid larva of the cestode Spirometra erinaceieuropaei can infect domestic animals and humans (known as sparganosis). Humans can ingest the larva through an intermediate host - for example freshwater copepods, frogs or snakes. The infection is exceptionally rare (the number of reported cases to date is below two thousand), and has been reported primarily in China, Japan, South Korea and South-east Asia. The definitive host species are carnivores (such as cats and dogs) and the larva does not develop to adulthood in humans. Instead, the larva migrates through the body and can be found in locations as diverse as brain, eye, lung, kidney, liver and subcutaneous tissue.

Genome Assembly & Annotation


The draft genome assembly was produced by the Parasite Genomic group at the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute, in collaboration with clinicians, as described by Bennett et al (2014).


The gene predictions were made by the Parasite Genomics group at the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute and WormBase, as described by Bennett et al (2014).

Key Publications

Assembly Statistics

AssemblyS_erinaceieuropaei, GCA_000951995.1
Database VersionWBPS19
Genome Size1,258,717,181
Data SourceWellcome Sanger Institute
Annotation Version2014-06-50HGPpatch

Gene counts

Coding genes39,557
Gene transcripts39,557

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