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A developmental stage in trypanosomes. The undulating membrane is shortened and the flagellar pocket and the kinetoplast are found anterior and adjacent to the nucleus. The flagellum emerges in the middle of the cell. Epimastigote is found in the intestinal tract of the insect host.

This morphological form is found in Trypanosoma brucei and Trypanosoma cruzi. It is the main experimental stage in T. cruzi.

Epimastigote.GIF Tcruziepimastigotes.jpg


1) http://dna.kdna.ucla.edu/parasite_course-old/Default.aspx