Journal article

Phylogenetic relationships of species of the oesophageal parasitic nematode genera Cyclostrongylus and Spirostrongylus (Strongyloidea: Chabertiidae: Cloacininae) with their wallaby hosts (Marsupialia: Macropodidae)

Neil B Chilton, Florence Huby-Chilton, Anson V Koehler, Robin B Gasser, Ian Beveridge

MOLECULAR AND CELLULAR PROBES | ACADEMIC PRESS LTD- ELSEVIER SCIENCE LTD | Published : 2016

Abstract

A phylogeny for seven species of Cyclostrongylus and the monotypic genus Spirostrongylus (Nematoda: Chabertiidae), all highly host specific parasites of the oesophagi of wallabies (Marsupialia: Macropodidae), was constructed using sequence data for the first and second internal transcribed spacers (ITS-1 and ITS-2) of the nuclear ribosomal DNA. There was no evidence for co-speciation, or for the sympatric or synxenic speciation of Cyclostrongylus alatus and Cyclostrongylus perplexus, both of which are parasites of Macropus rufogriseus. Rather, host switching, correlating with geographical distributions, appeared to provide some explanation of the pattern of speciation observed.

Grants

Awarded by Victorian Life Sciences Computation Initiative on its Peak Computing Facility at the University of Melbourne, an initiative of the Victorian Government


Funding Acknowledgements

The Australian Research Council and the Australian Biological Resources Study provided financial support for this research. Other support from Melbourne Water Corporation and a Victorian Life Sciences Computation Initiative (grant number VR0007) on its Peak Computing Facility at the University of Melbourne, an initiative of the Victorian Government, is gratefully acknowledged (RBG).