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Saurian Malaria: Developmnent of Sporozoites in Two Species of Phlebotomine Sandflies

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Science  06 Feb 1970:
Vol. 167, Issue 3919, pp. 891-892
DOI: 10.1126/science.167.3919.891

Abstract

Sporolzoites of a lizard malaria parasite, Plasmodium mexicanum. developed in two spcies of sandfly—Lutzomyia vexatrix and Lutzomyia stewarti. Salivary g1ands were infected 11 days after the flies took an infective blood meal. This is the first report of a malaria parasite undergoing sporogonic development In an insect other than a mosquito and the first description of lizard malaria sporogenesis.