Encyclopedia of Parasitology

2016 Edition
| Editors: Heinz Mehlhorn

Oocyst

  • Heinz Mehlhorn
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-662-43978-4_2214
Stage in the life cycle of  Coccidia containing (eventually inside of sporocysts) infectious sporozoites. In fecally transmitted species, oocysts are always resistant stages whereas in bite-transmitted groups (e.g.,  Plasmodium) oocysts are smooth and always located inside the vector (Figs. 1, and 2).
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Institut für Zoomorphologie, Zellbiologie und ParasitologieHeinrich-Heine-UniversitätDüsseldorfGermany