Plasmodium vinckei

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

Plasmodium vinckei is a parasite of the genus Plasmodium subgenus Vinckeia.

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


This species was first described in 1952 by Rodhain. Several subspecies have been described since.[1][2]


  • P. vinckei brucechwatti
  • P. vinckei chabaudi
  • P. vinckei lentum
  • P. vinckei petteri
  • P. vinckei vinckei

Geographical occurrence[edit]

This species is found in Central Africa including the Congo and Nigeria.


Clinical features and host pathology[edit]


  1. ^ Carter, R. and Walliker, D. 1975: New observations on the malaria parasites of rodents of the Central African Republic - Plasmodium vinckei petteri subsp. nov. and Plasmodium chabaudi Landau, 1965. Ann. Trop. Med. Parasitol., 69: 187-196
  2. ^ Killick-Kendrick, R. 1975: Parasitic protozoa of the blood of rodents. V. Plasmodium vinckei brucechwatti subsp. nov. A malaria parasite of the thicket-rat, Thamnomys rutilans in Nigeria. Ann. Parasitol. Humaine et Comparée 50: 251-264

Further reading[edit]

Siddiqui, Arif J.; Bhardwaj, Jyoti; Puri, Sunil K. (April 2012). "mRNA expression of cytokines and its impact on outcomes after infection with lethal and nonlethal Plasmodium vinckei parasites". Parasitology Research. 110 (4): 1517–1524. doi:10.1007/s00436-011-2656-1. PMID 21965043.