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Description of Caudospora

Monomorphic, diplokaryotic throughout life cycle; spores are diplokaryotic, the exospore is extended posteriorly as a long cauda, anteriorly as 2 short projections and laterally as 2 broad alae; spore excluding the caudal process is 6.4 µm, the width (including the alae) about 5 µm and the cauda about 27 µm; exospore may be smooth or ornamented by two ridges encircling the spore giving it a beerbarrel shape; cauda is always present, although different in size, polaroplast is large, vesiculate (possibly an artifact of fixation), polar tube is more or less isofilar with 1213 coils in a single layer; last 34 coils appear somewhat reduced in diameter; type species C. simulii Weiser, 1946 in the fat body of Eusimulium latipes larvae (Diptera, Simuliidae) (Weiser 1961), indistinguishable parasites occur in fat body of larvae of several species of Prosimulium and Cnetha

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