Varroa jacobsoni


The ectoparasitic mite Varroa jacobsoni, of the mite order Mesostigmata, is an obligate parasite of immature and adult bees. V. jacobsoni originated in Asia as a pest of the Asian honey bee (Apis cerana), but has spread almost worldwide. A recent host switch to the domesticated Western honey bee (Apis mellifera) may represent an additional threat to beekeeping. Genomic and transcriptomic data from V. jacobsoni and its sister species Varroa destructor, which also switched hosts, will allow for a comparative approach to understanding the mechanisms underlying host switches.

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Contig N50
Scaffold N50
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Assembly Information

Analysis Name Varroa jacobsoni genome assembly vjacob_1.0 (GCF_002532875.1)
Software Newbler (2.6)
Source BioSample SAMN07256664
Date performed 2017-10-10
Materials & Methods

Data description: 

  • Sequencing platform and version: Illumina HiSeq 2500 
  • Geo location: EHP-Henganofi Border, Papua New Guinea
  • Tissues/Life stages included: Whole mite, reproductive adult male
  • Sex: male
  • Strain: VJ856
  • Other notes: Collected 30/05/2008, on Apis mellifera
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Assembly Metrics
Contig N50 96,009
Scaffold N50 233,810
GC Content 38.98