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Table III.

Key for the identification of the Haemoproteidae of Chiroptera.

Characteristic Haemoproteidae
1–(4) Elongated or ellipsoid gametocytes type F
2–(3) RES: small schizonts spread through the organism ......................................................................................
(Miniopteridae, Vespertilionidae)
Bioccala
3–(2) HEP: small schizonts in the liver ....................................................................................................................
(Hipposiderosidae)
Biguetiella
4–(1) Roundish gametocytes
5–(10) Gametocytes type M
6–(9) RES
7–(8) RES: large schizonts spread in different organs ............................................................................................
(Miniopteridae, Vespertilionidae)
Polychromophilus
8–(7) RES: small schizonts, in the vessels of the liver ............................................................................................
(Hipposideros cyclops)
Dionisia
9–(6) HEP: large schizonts in the hepatocytes ........................................................................................................
(Nycteridae, Rhinolophidae)
Nycteria
10–(5) Gametocytes type V
11–(14) RES
12–(13) RES: large schizonts in the lungs ...................................................................................................................
(Pteropodidae)
Johnsprentia
13–(12) RES: small schizonts, in the vessels of the kidney .........................................................................................
(Pteropodidae)
Sprattiella
14–(11) HEP: large schizonts (megaloschizonts) in the liver .......................................................................................
(Pteropodidae, Rhinolophidae)
Hepatocystis

M = “malariae”, F = “falciparum” and V = “vivax”. HEP = hepatocyte, and RES = reticulo-endothelial system cells.

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