This species is unusual in that the same specific name was used in two distinct papers published in the same year. It is currently thought that the species description by Stephens in man is likely to have been an artifact and that the accepted valid species is the one described from birds.
Further adding to the confusion concerning this species, it is sometimes referred to as Plasmodium tenuis
The bird species usually produces 4 merozoites per segmenter, but often as many as 6; rarely it gives rise to only 2 - 3. The gametocytes are elongate. Neither sexual nor asexual stages displace the host cell nucleus.
- Kawamoto F, Win TT, Mizuno S, Lin K, Kyaw O, Tantulart IS, Mason DP, Kimura M, Wongsrichanalai C. (2002) Unusual plasmodium malariae-like parasites in southeast Asia. J. Parasitol. 88(2):350-357
- Stephens, J. W. W. (1914) A new malarial parasite of man. Ann. Trop. Med. Parasit. viii, 119.
- Laveran, A. and Marullaz, M. (1914) Sur deux hemamibes et un toxoplasme du Liothrix luteus. Bull. Soc. Path. Exot. 7, 21–25.
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