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Thank you! This worked like a charm!

Originally Posted by Aia
Since gi and ref seems to be always there, perhaps another suggestion:
perl -pe 's/\|?(?:\s+gi|ref)?\|\s*/\t/g' file

TRINITY_DN17272_c0_g1_i1        242003970       XP_002422928.1  57.5    127     54      02382     65      191     1.2e-41 176.0

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