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Toxocara canis

BioProject PRJNA248777 | Data Source University of Melbourne | Taxonomy ID 6265

About Toxocara canis

The nematode Toxocara canis, or dog roundworm, is a worldwide-distributed intestinal parasite of dogs and other canids, and is thought to be the most common parasite infection of humans in the United States of America. It has a wide host range. Humans are infected by accidental ingestion of infective eggs from dog faeces, causing toxocariasis, an infection of organs such as the liver, lungs, eyes or brain. T. canis has many characteristics that make it a useful model system.

There is 1 alternative genome project for Toxocara canis available in WormBase ParaSite: PRJEB533

Genome Assembly & Annotation


The genome of T. canis was sequenced by the Gasser laboratory at the University of Melbourne, as described by Zhu et al (2015). It was assembled and scaffolded using the program SOAPdenovo2.


The genome annotation was produced by the Gasser laboratory at the University of Melbourne, as described by Zhu et al (2015).

Key Publications

Assembly Statistics

AssemblyToxocara_canis_adult_r1.0, GCA_000803305.1
Database VersionWBPS14
Genome Size317,115,901
Data SourceUniversity of Melbourne
Annotation Version2016-04-WormBase

Gene counts

Coding genes18,596
Gene transcripts18,596

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