Plasmodiidae

Plasmodiidae

The Plasmodiidae are a family of apicomplexan parasites, including the type genus Plasmodium, which is responsible for malaria. They are given their own order - the Haemosporida.

Diagnostic criteria

The diagnostic criteria of this family are:

Related genera

Currently there are a number of genera recognised in this family. Like many of the protist groupings these may be significantly revised in light of findings from the DNA sequences. While more complete listings of the vertebrate host species can be found on the genus pages, typical hosts are given here.

Biguetiella - bats
Billbraya
Bioccala - bats
Dionisia - bats
Haemoproteus - birds
Hepatocystis - bats, monkeys, hippopotamus, squirrels
Leukocytozoon - birds
Mesnilium - fish
Nycteria - bats
Plasmodium - mammals, birds and reptiles
Polchromophilus - bats
Rayella - flying squirrels
Saurocytozoon - reptiles

Related species

Families:
''Lankesterellidae

Genera:

The hameogregarines:
Cyrilia
Desseria
Hepatozoon
Hemogregarina
Hemolivia
Karyolysus

Others:
Chelonplasma
Pirhemocyton
Sauroplasma
Serpentoplasma

References

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