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Description of ParapleistophoraThe type species is P. ectospora Issi, Kadyrova, Pushkar, Khodzhaeva and Krylova, 1990 in adipose tissue of larvae of Tetisimulium desertorum and T. alajense (Diptera, Simuliidae). An incompletely described genus. Monomorphic, monokaryotic. Meiosis unknown. Transmission unknown. Merogony: unknown. Sporogony: the single nucleus of the sporont divides synchronously to form a plasmodium with 48 or more (even more than 64) nuclei within a spherical sporophorous vesicle, with a thick persistent membrane. The distinguishing character of the genus is the presence of 12 filiform expansions of the sporophorous vesicle membrane connecting 23 sporophorous vesicles together. Spores, 4.37.5 x 3.15.0 µm, ovoid and uninucleate. are situated in one layer just below the sporophorous vesicle membrane, the lumen of the vesicle being filled with an abundance of small granules.