Plasmodium inui

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Plasmodium inui
Scientific classification
Domain: Eukarya
(unranked): SAR
Phylum: Apicomplexa
Class: Aconoidasida
Order: Haemosporida
Family: Plasmodiidae
Genus: Plasmodium
Species: P. inui
Binomial name
Plasmodium inui

Plasmodium inui is a species of parasite, one of the species of simian Plasmodium that cause malaria in Old World monkeys.


This species was described in 1907 by Halberstaedter and von Prowazek.


This species is found in China[1] and also the Celebes, Indonesia, Malaysia and the Philippines.


It is closely related to other 'quartan' Plasmodium species, including Plasmodium coatneyi, Plasmodium cynomolgi, Plasmodium fragile, Plasmodium fieldi, Plasmodium hylobati, Plasmodium simiovale and Plasmodium vivax (which is a 'tertian' Plasmodium species).[2] [3]

Life cycle[edit]

The life cycle is typical of a species of the Plasmodium genus.

It has a 72-hour (or quartan) periodicity.

Salivary gland sporozoites appear in Anopheles dirus 13 days post feeding.

The prepatent period in the vertebrate host is 8 days.




  1. ^ Huang Y, Yang Z, Putaporntip C, Miao M, Wei H, Zou C, Jongwutiwes S, Cui L. (2010) Isolation and identification of a South China strain of Plasmodium inui from Macaca fascicularis. Vet Parasitol
  2. ^ Mitsui H, Arisue N, Sakihama N, et al. (January 2010). "Phylogeny of Asian primate malaria parasites inferred from apicoplast genome-encoded genes with special emphasis on the positions of Plasmodium vivax and Plasmodium fragile". Gene. 450 (1-2): 32–8. doi:10.1016/j.gene.2009.10.001. PMID 19818838. 
  3. ^ Kissinger JC, Collins WE, Li J, McCutchan TF (April 1998). "Plasmodium inui is not closely related to other quartan Plasmodium species". J. Parasitol. 84 (2): 278–82. doi:10.2307/3284482. PMID 9576499.