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

Carinamoeba is a subgenus of the genus Plasmodium - all of which are parasitic unicellular eukaryotes. The subgenus was created in 1966 by Garnham.[1] Species in this subgenus infect reptiles.

Diagnostic features[edit]

The original criterion for inclusion in this genus was the presence of small schizonts giving rise to 8 or less merozoites. The criteria were subsequently revised by Telford in 1988.[2]

Species in the subgenus Carinamoeba have the following characteristics:

Small schizonts giving rise to 8 or less merozoites

The gametocytes like the schizonts are small.

Species in this subgenus[edit]


  1. ^ Garnham P.C.C. (1966) Malaria parasttes and other haemospordia. Oxford, Blackwell
  2. ^ Telford S. (1988) A contribution to the systematics of the reptilian malaria parasites, family Plasmodiidae (Apicomplexa: Haemosporina). Bulletin of the Florida State Museum Biological Sciences 34, 65-96