Encyclopedia of Parasitology

2016 Edition
| Editors: Heinz Mehlhorn


Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-662-43978-4_2834


Greek: schizis = division, gone = generation, production.

In addition to  sporogony, there is another asexual phase in the life cycle of  Coccidia giving rise to generations of schizonts (syn. meronts) and merozoites. Some of the latter initiate  gamogony leading to  syngamy. The  zygote initiates an asexual reproduction leading to the production of numerous infectious sporozoites. In  microsporidia schizo-merogony also occurs.

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