Encyclopedia of Parasitology

2016 Edition
| Editors: Heinz Mehlhorn

Sporozoite

Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-662-43978-4_2966

Motile banana-shaped stage within sporocysts of  Coccidia. Their fine structure is practically identical to that of  merozoites. In addition to the organelles of merozoites they possess 1 or 2 (depending on the species) large  reserve granules (=  refractile bodies, crystalloid bodies). Having reached a new host the sporozoites enter host cells and start reproduction by  schizogony.

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