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Haemamoeba is a subgenus of the genus Plasmodium — all of which are parasitic protozoa. The subgenus was created in 1963 by created by Corradetti et al..[1] Species in this subgenus infect birds.

Scientific classification
Domain: Eukaryota
Kingdom: Chromalveolata
Superphylum: Alveolata
Phylum: Apicomplexa
Class: Aconoidasida
Order: Haemosporida
Family: Plasmodiidae
Genus: Plasmodium

Diagnostic features[edit]

Species in the subgenus Haemamoeba have the following characteristics:

Mature schizonts are larger than the host cell nucleus and commonly displace it.

Gametocytes are large, round, oval or irregular in shape and are substantially larger than the host nucleus.

Species in this subgenus[edit]


  1. ^ Corradetti A., Garnham P.C.C., Laird M. (1963). "New classification of the avian malaria parasites". Parassitologia 5: 1–4.