Encyclopedia of Parasitology

Living Edition
| Editors: Heinz Mehlhorn

Shape Shifting

  • Heinz Mehlhorn
Living reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-642-27769-6_4321-1
Formation of Plasmodium falciparum gametocytes (= gamonts) needs much more time (9–12 days) than the formation of the asexual merozoites which requires only 43–48 h. During this formation of male and female gamonts in P. falciparum, the young sexual stages being practically not distinguishable from asexual ones develop their typical crescent shape (see Fig. 1), which is unique among the human malaria species, since P. vivax, P. malariae, and P. ovale have ovoid to spherical gamonts in both sexes.


Plasmodium Falciparum Human Malaria Sexual Stage Malaria Species Crescent Shape 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Institut für Zoomorphologie, Zellbiologie und ParasitologieHeinrich-Heine-UniversitätDüsseldorfGermany