Eimeria trichosuri

Phylogenetic position of a marsupial coccidium, based on 18S rDNA sequences

M. L. Power*, C. Richter, S. Emery, J. Hufschmid, M. R. Gillings

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Abstract

Phylogenetic analysis of the genus Eimeria suggests that parasite and host have coevolved over broad evolutionary timescales. Here we extend this analysis by determining the 18S rDNA gene sequence of the marsupial coccidium, Eimeria trichosuri, and assessing its phylogenetic position relative to Eimeria from birds, reptiles and placental mammals. This analysis placed E. trichosuri clones in a clade that diverged before the major clade comprising species from placental mammals. The position of E. trichosuri is consistent with host phylogeny where marsupials represent an ancient evolutionary line that predates the placental mammal line.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)165-168
Number of pages4
JournalExperimental Parasitology
Volume122
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2009

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