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

Juliane Schaer*, Lee McMichael, Anita N. Gordon, Daniel Russell, Kai Matuschewski, Susan L. Perkins, Hume Field, Michelle Power

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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.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)207-212
Number of pages6
JournalInternational Journal for Parasitology: Parasites and Wildlife
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2018

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  • Haemosporida
  • Hepatocystis
  • chiroptera
  • malaria
  • Pteropus
  • Australia

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