- Plasmodium lemuris
"Plasmodium lemuris" is a parasite of the genus "
Plasmodium" subgenus " Vinckeia".
Like all "Plasmodium" species "P. lemuris" has both
vertebrateand insecthosts. The vertebrate hosts for this parasite are mammals.
color = khaki
name = "Plasmodium lemuris"
genus = "
species = "P. lemuris"
binomial = "Plasmodium lemuris"
This species was first described by Huff and Hoogstraal in
1963in the black lemur "Lemur collaris". Huff C.G.,Hoogstraal H. J. (1963) "Plasmodium lemuris" N. Sp., from "Lemur collaris" E. Geoffroy. J. Infect Dis. 112:233-236 ]
erythrocyteis enlarged (+/- 10 micrometres) and distorted in shape and in many instances is almost completely filled by the parasite.
trophozoites are small and occupy three-tenths to four-tenths of the erythrocytes. The nucleus stains rose-red. Larger trophozoites are more irregular tending towardamoeboidity.
Pigment is in granules and there is no stippling of the host cell.
schizonts display irregularly shaped nuclei. The pigment is brown and clumped into a diffused mass.
gametocytesare very large (11 x 7 micrometres) and irregular in shape. Their nuclei are band-like or lobed irregularly.
macrogametocytes have lavender to purple cytoplasm. The pigment is made up of small dark brown granules within vacuoles.
microgametocytes have red-staining nuclei and slate-gray cytoplasm. Their pigment is similar to that of the macrogametocytes.
This species is found in
Clinical features and host pathology
The known hosts include the
lemurs " Lemur macaco macaco" and " Lemur collaris".
This species may belong to the genus "
Haemoproteus" rather than to " Plasmodium". Clarification of this point awaits examintion of the organism's DNA.
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