|Morphological distinguishing features
||Mostly non-distinct small or large round trophozoites seen.
||Start to elongate and usually are in D appearance
||♂ and ♀ differentiation is visible. RBCs distorted and are D shaped
||The parasite more elongated in shape. Distinct red cell male with scattered pigment and ♀ pigment more intense.
||Typical crescent shaped gametocytes with rounded extremities. ♀ appear light violet and ♂ seen pink under microscopy.