Plasmodium dissanaikei

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Plasmodium dissanaikei is a parasite of the genus Plasmodium subgenus Giovannolaia.

Like all Plasmodium species P. dissanaikei has both vertebrate and insect hosts. The vertebrate hosts for this parasite are birds.

Plasmodium dissanaikei
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Protista
Phylum: Apicomplexa
Class: Aconoidasida
Order: Haemosporida
Family: Plasmodiidae
Genus: Plasmodium
Species: P. dissanaikei
Binomial name
Plasmodium dissanaikei


The parasite was first described by Jong in 1971. On morphological grounds it is related to Plasmodium durae.

Geographical occurrence[edit]

This species is found in Sri Lanka (Ceylon).[1]

Clinical features and host pathology[edit]

Hosts of this species include the Ross-ringed Parakeet (Psittacula krameri manillensis) and species from the Columbidae - pigeons and doves.


  1. ^ Jong A.C. (1971) Plasmodium dissanaikei n. sp. a New Avian Malaria Parasite from the Ross-ringed Parakeet of Ceylon, Psittacula krameri manillensis[J]. Ceylon J. med. Sci. 20(2): 41 - 45