Protozoa- Definition, characteristics, classification, examples

General Characters of Phylum Protozoa

Protozoa Definition Protozoa may be defined as  “microscopic acellular animalcules existing singly or in colonies, without tissue and organs, having one or more nuclei”. Some of the characteristics are: There are about 50,000 known species of Phylum Protozoa. Protozoans exhibit mainly two forms of life; free-living (aquatic, freshwater, seawater) and parasitic (ectoparasites or endoparasites). They are also commensal in habitat. …

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40 Differences between Plasmodium vivax and Plasmodium falciparum

Differences between Plasmodium vivax and Plasmodium falciparum

Five species of Plasmodium are believed to cause malaria in humans: Plasmodium vivax, P. falciparum, P. malariae, P .ovale and P. knowlesi.  Of the five species that infect humans, P. vivax and P. falciparum cause 95% of the total infections. S.N. Character Plasmodium vivax Plasmodium falciparum 1. Disease Caused Benign tertian malaria Malignant tertian malaria 2. Geographic area Tropics, Africa (rare …

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