Volume 11, Issue 5
  • ISSN: 0002-9637
  • E-ISSN: 1476-1645



A new species of simian malaria, here designated , was isolated from a wild-infected mosquito captured at Kampong Rantau Panjang near Klang in Selangor, Federation of Malaya. Its principal characteristics are as follows:

  • 1.  Young trophozoites were indistinguishable from those of and characterized by high frequency of double or multiple nuclei, presence of marginal forms, and other variant forms formerly associated only with .
  • 2.  Advanced trophozoites were usually small and round with dense and abundant cytoplasm, also resembling those of except that the pigment did not coalesce as maturity was reached. Maurer's spots were present and erythrocyte enlargement was not produced.
  • 3.  Schizonts were similar to those of except for the delay in coalescence of pigment. Merozoite number was variable but averaged about 20.
  • 4.  Gametocytes were round or oval and quite small. The pigment, usually rod-shaped, was extremely coarse and quite heavy, resembling that of gametocytes. Unique gametocytes with all of the heavy pigment located in a vacuole were seen.
  • 5.  The cycle in the rhesus monkey was tertian. Schizogonic forms were for the most part absent from the peripheral blood. When one brood was predominant there were alternate days of high and low parasite numbers, similar to the phenomenon sometimes seen with .

The suggestion was made that this species, in spite of the rounded gametocytes, may be phylogenetically related to , and that experimental studies of it may be useful in interpreting the cycle of .


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