This species was described in 1968 by Landau, Michel and Adam.
This species occurs in Africa.
The natural vectors of this species are not currently known.
Clinical features and host pathology
This species infects Thamnonys rutilans
Three subspecies are recognised: P. yoelii killicki, P. yoelii nigeriensis and P. yoelii yoelli.
It is advantageous to have a whole-animal model of malaria because often it is difficult to know which factors to study in vitro, particularly in a complex system like the immune system. Moreover, for many experiments it is not ethical or practical to use humans.
One of the special things about this particular model is that it has two strains with vastly different pathogenicity. These are generally referred to as the "lethal" and "non-lethal" strains of the species. Comparison of these two strains can be used to deduce which factors may contribute to more serious malaria infections in humans.
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