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The colored dots described by Schüffner in Plasmodium vivax are fine caveolae (= invaginations) at the surface of the infected reticulocytes (which become filled with the stain). Maurer’s clefts, however, are enlargements of the parasitophorous vacuole inside P. falciparum- and P. malariae-infected red blood cells (Fig. 1).
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