Mesnilium

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Mesnilium
Scientific classification
Domain: Eukaryota
(unranked): SAR
(unranked): Alveolata
Phylum: Apicomplexa
Class: Aconoidasida
Order: Haemosporida
Family: Plasmodiidae
Genus: Mesnilium
Species

Mesnilium malariae

Mesnilium is a genus of parasitic alveolates of belonging to the phylum Apicomplexia. Its vertebrate hosts are fish. The vectors are not presently known but are thought likely to be leeches.

History[edit]

The genus was created in 1972 by Misra, Haldar and Chakravarty.[1]

Description[edit]

Merogony occurs in erythrocytes and reticulo-endothelial cells.

Gamogony occurs only in erythrocytes.

Pigment granules are present only in microgamonts and macrogametes.

Hosts[edit]

The only known host of this parasite is the freshwater murrel (Ophicephalus punctatus).

References[edit]

  1. ^ Misra K.K., Haldar D.P. and Chakravarty M.M. (1972) Observations on Mesnilium malariae gen.nov., spec.nov. (Haemosporidia, Sporozoa) from the fresh water teleost, Ophicephalus punctatus Bloch. Arch. Protistenkd 114, 444-452