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Description of Gregarinasina

Apicomplexan sporozoa, mature gamonts are large and generally develop extracellularly, anterior mucron is formed from the conoid or an epimerite is formed in the sporozoites, meronts, merozoites, and gamonts; syzygy of gamonts generally occurs and similar number of gametes develop in each gametocyte, gametes usually similar, but in a few species anisogametes develop with the male gamete sometimes having a flagellum or flagelliform process; zygotes form oocysts within gametocysts such that the life cycle typically consists of gametogony and sporogony; mostly parasites of the digestive tract or body cavity of invertebrates or lower chordates and are generally with one host.

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