Plasmodium lainsoni

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Plasmodium lainsoni is a parasite of the genus Plasmodium.

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

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


The parasite was first described by Telford in 1978.[1]

The mature schizonts are rounded and nearly filled with 14 to 32 merozoites.

The sexual stages are usually round or oval or rarely elongated.

Geographical occurrence[edit]

This species is found in Venezuela, South America.

Clinical features and host pathology[edit]

The only known host of this species is the lizard Phyllodactylus ventralis.


  1. ^ Telford S. R, Jr (1978) The saurian malarias of Venezuela: haemosporidian parasites of gekkonid lizards. Int. J. Parasitol. 8(5)341 - 353