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Phylogeny of Hepatocystis parasites of Australian flying foxes reveals distinct parasite clade

Schaer, J., McMichael, L., Gordon, A. N., Russell, D., Matuschewski, K., Perkins, S. L., Field, H. and Power, M. (2018) Phylogeny of Hepatocystis parasites of Australian flying foxes reveals distinct parasite clade. International Journal for Parasitology: Parasites and Wildlife, 7 (2). pp. 207-212. ISSN 2213-2244

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Article Link(s): https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ijppaw.2018.06.001

Publisher URL: http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S2213224418300427

Abstract

Hepatocystis parasites are close relatives of mammalian Plasmodium species and infect a range of primates and bats. Here, we present the phylogenetic relationships of Hepatocystis parasites of three Australian flying fox species. Multilocus phylogenetic analysis revealed that Hepatocystis parasites of Pteropus species from Australia and Asia form a distinct clade that is sister to all other Hepatocystis parasites of primates and bats from Africa and Asia. No patterns of host specificity were recovered within the Pteropus-specific parasite clade and the Hepatocystis sequences from all three Australian host species sampled fell into two divergent clades.

Item Type:Article
Business groups:Biosecurity Queensland
Additional Information:Open access CC BY-NC-ND
Keywords:Haemosporida Chiroptera Malaria Australia
Subjects:Animal culture > Small animal culture
Veterinary medicine > Veterinary virology
Veterinary medicine > Veterinary parasitology
Deposited On:14 Aug 2018 04:14
Last Modified:02 Apr 2019 01:26

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