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Mitochondrial genomes of Anisakis simplex and Contracaecum osculatum (sensu stricto) - Comparisons with selected nematodes

Namitha Mohandas, Abdul Jabbar, Magdalena Podolska, Xing-Quan Zhu, D Timothy J Littlewood, Aaron R Jex, Robin B Gasser



Anisakid nematodes parasitize mainly fish, marine mammals and/or fish-eating birds, and can be transmitted to a range of fish-eating mammals, including humans, where they can cause gastrointestinal disease linked to larval infection or allergic responses. In spite of the animal and human health significance of these parasites, there are still gaps in our understanding of the systematics, biology, epidemiology and ecology of anisakids. Mitochondrial (mt) DNA provides useful genetic markers for investigations in these areas, but complete mt genomic data have been lacking for most anisakids. In the present study, the mt genomes of Anisakis simplex sensu stricto and Contracaecum osculatum sensu ..

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Funding Acknowledgements

This project was supported by the Australian Research Council (ARC) (R. B. G., A.R.J. and D.T.J.L.). The Alexander von Humboldt Foundation is gratefully acknowledged (R. B. G.). The funding body had no role in study design, data collection and analysis, decision to publish, or preparation of the manuscript. Early Career Researcher and Collaborative Research Grants from The University of Melbourne are gratefully acknowledged (A.J.). N.M. thanks Anson V. Koehler for discussion regarding phylogenetic analysis. We thank anonymous referees for their constructive comments.