The Pacific Biosciences de novo assembled genome dataset from a parthenogenetic New Zealand wild population of the longhorned tick, Haemaphysalis longicornis Neumann, 1901. Academic Article uri icon


  • The longhorned tick, Haemaphysalis longicornis, feeds upon a wide range of bird and mammalian hosts. Mammalian hosts include cattle, deer, sheep, goats, humans, and horses. This tick is known to transmit a number of pathogens causing tick-borne diseases, and was the vector of a recent serious outbreak of oriental theileriosis in New Zealand. A New Zealand-USA consortium was established to sequence, assemble, and annotate the genome of this tick, using ticks obtained from New Zealand's North Island. In New Zealand, the tick is considered exclusively parthenogenetic and this trait was deemed useful for genome assembly. Very high molecular weight genomic DNA was sequenced on the Illumina HiSeq4000 and the long-read Pac Bio Sequel platforms. Twenty-eight SMRT cells produced a total of 21.3 million reads which were assembled with Canu on a reserved supercomputer node with access to 12 TB of RAM, running continuously for over 24 days. The final assembly dataset consisted of 34,211 contigs with an average contig length of 215,205bp. The quality of the annotated genome was assessed by BUSCO analysis, an approach that provides quantitative measures for the quality of an assembled genome. Over 95% of the BUSCO gene set was found in the assembled genome. Only 48 of the 1066 BUSCO genes were missing and only 9 were present in a fragmented condition. The raw sequencing reads and the assembled contigs/scaffolds are archived at the National Center for Biotechnology Information.

published proceedings

  • Data Brief

author list (cited authors)

  • Guerrero, F. D., Bendele, K. G., Ghaffari, N., Guhlin, J., Gedye, K. R., Lawrence, K. E., ... Tompkins, D. M.

citation count

  • 12

complete list of authors

  • Guerrero, Felix D||Bendele, Kylie G||Ghaffari, Noushin||Guhlin, Joseph||Gedye, Kristene R||Lawrence, Kevin E||Dearden, Peter K||Harrop, Thomas WR||Heath, Allen CG||Lun, Yanni||Metz, Richard P||Teel, Pete||Perez de Leon, Adalberto||Biggs, Patrick J||Pomroy, William E||Johnson, Charles D||Blood, Philip D||Bellgard, Stanley E||Tompkins, Daniel M

publication date

  • December 2019