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Scientific classification
Domain: Eukaryota
(unranked): Sar
(unranked): Alveolata
Phylum: Apicomplexa
Class: Aconoidasida
Order: Haemosporida
Family: Plasmodiidae
Genus: Plasmodium
Subgenus: Bennettinia

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Bennettinia is a subgenus of the genus Plasmodium - all of which are parasitic unicellular eukaryotes. The subgenus was created in 1997 by Valkiunas.[1] Species in this subgenus infect birds.

Diagnostic features[edit]

Species in the subgenus Bennettinia have the following characteristics:

Schizonts contain scant cytoplasm, are often round, do not exceed the size of the host nucleus and stick to it.

Gametocytes while varying in shape tend to be round or oval, do not exceed the size of the nucleus and stick to it.

Species in this subgenus[edit]


  1. ^ Valkiunas, G. (1997). Bird Haemosporidia. Institute of Ecology, Vilnius