Perkinsus (purr-kins-us) is an apicomplexan cell. Most apicomplexa are internal parasites and the group[ includes the causative agent for malaria. Perkinsus is distinctive because it has a free-swimming flagellated stage. This is used to disperse and find new hosts (molluscs), which it attacks penetrating into the tissues. Phase contrast. This picture was taken by David Patterson, Linda Amaral Zettler, Mike Peglar and Tom Nerad from cultures and other materials maintained at the American Type Culture Collection during 2001. Image copyright: D. J. Patterson, L Amaral-Zettler, M. Peglar and T. Nerad, image used under license to MBL (micro*scope).
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|Description of Perkinsus: With characters of the family. |