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Description of Plasmodiidae

Haemosporid sporozoan apicomplexa, includes agents of malaria and similar diseases in man, lower primates, other mammals, birds, and reptiles; more than 400 named species; all are heteroxenous; genera (and subgenera) are differentiated on the morphology of the erythrocytic stages, endogenous development in the tissues and the type of vector; species identification may require study of the tissue stages; bird species catalogued by the International Ref Centre for Avian Haematozoa.

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