TEM malaria oocysts in mosquito stomach

TEM malaria oocysts in mosquito stomach

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Caption: Malaria parasites. Coloured Transmission Electron Micrograph (TEM) of the stomach wall of a mosquito (Anopheles stephansi) infected with the malaria parasite Plasmodium. The mosquito stomach wall is coloured brown. Rounded objects (pink) attached to the stomach are oocysts, a stage in the life cycle of the malaria parasite. Oocysts grow and the contents (blue) form into the sporozoite stage of malaria; when the oocyst bursts these sporozoites are dispersed. They reach the salivary gland of the mosquito where they are transmitted to humans when the female mosquito takes a human blood meal. Magnification: x1000 at 6x7cm size. x3,000 at 8x10".

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Keywords: animal, anopheles stephansi, fauna, in mosquito, invertebrate, invertebrates, malaria, malaria in stomach, malaria parasite, malarial, mosquito, nature, oocyst, parasite, plasmodium, protozoa, protozoan, tem, transmission electron micrograph, wildlife, zoological, zoology

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