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Haemoproteus

(hē'mō-prō'tē-ŭs),
A genus of sporozoa (suborder Haemosporina) parasitic in birds and reptiles, combined with Leucocytozoon, Hepatocystis, and other genera in the family Haemoproteidae. Schizogony occurs in endothelial cells of blood vessels, especially in the lungs of the host, whereas halter-shaped gametocytes are found in the red blood cells. Infection is transmitted by pupiparous Diptera, such as louse flies (Hippoboscidae) and by bloodsucking midges (Culicoides)
[G. haima, blood, + Proteus, a sea god who had the power of assuming different shapes]

Haemoproteus

a genus of protozoan blood parasites of the family Plasmodiidae. Cause of avian 'malaria'.

Haemoproteus antigonis
found in cranes.
Haemoproteus canachites
found in grouse; transmitted by Culicoides spp.
Haemoproteus columbae
found in pigeons, doves and some wild birds. Transmitted by hippoboscid flies. May cause anemia in squabs.
Haemoproteus danilewski
found in wild birds.
Haemoproteus lophortyx
found in quail. Transmitted by biting flies. May cause anemia.
Haemoproteus meleagridis
occurs in turkeys.
Haemoproteus nettionis
found in ducks, geese, swans.
Haemoproteus sacharovi
found in doves. Culicoides spp. possibly the vector.