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Table I.

Morphological characteristics of microgametocytes of mammalian haemosporidians (Landau et al., 1976, modified).

Type of microgametocyte
Morphological characteristic falciparum malariae vivax
Filling completely or almost the host RBC no no yes
Form ellipsoidal or elongate rounded rounded
Eccentric nucleus no no yes
Distinct limit between nucleus and cytoplasm no yes yes
Accessory chromatin dot frequent frequent absent
Distinct border between nucleus and pigmented zone no no yes
Pigment granules few and coarse Few and coarse fine and abundant
Distribution of pigment irregular, often grouped irregular, often grouped dispersed

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