Lucilia cuprina (ASM118794v1)

Lucilia cuprina Assembly and Gene Annotation

About Lucilia cuprina

The species Lucilia cuprina, formerly named Phaenicia cuprina, is more commonly known as the Australian sheep blowfly. It belongs to the blow-fly family Calliphoridae, and while some authorities combine the blow flies (Calliphoridae) and the flesh flies (Sarcophagidae) together into the Metopiidae family, distinguishable characteristics allow for the separation. Blow flies are about the size of a house fly or a little larger, and though considered to be nuisances indoors are essential agents in the breakdown of organic matter.

Lucilia cuprina causes the condition known as 'sheep strike'. The female fly locates a sheep with an open wound in which she lays her eggs. The emerging larvae cause large lesions on the sheep, which may prove to be fatal.

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The assembly presented is the ASM118794v1 assembly submitted to INSDC with the assembly accession GCA_001187945.1.


Ensembl Metazoa displays the gene set associated with the study PRJNA248412. Genes were annotated with MAKER, combining transcriptomic data with de novo prediction methods [1]. Protein features and cross-references have been computed by Ensembl Metazoa.


  1. Lucilia cuprina genome unlocks parasitic fly biology to underpin future interventions.
    Anstead CA, Korhonen PK, Young ND, Hall RS, Jex AR, Murali SC, Hughes DS, Lee SF, Perry T, Stroehlein AJ et al. 2015. Nature Communications. 6:7344.

More information

General information about this species can be found in Wikipedia.



AssemblyASM118794v1, INSDC Assembly GCA_001187945.1, Aug 2015
Database version106.1
Golden Path Length434,128,924
Genebuild byUniversity of Melbourne
Genebuild methodImport
Data sourceUniversity of Melbourne

Gene counts

Coding genes14,452
Non coding genes767
Small non coding genes765
Long non coding genes2
Gene transcripts15,219

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