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Table 2.

Defining structural characters of the sporocysts/sporozoites of all Eimeria species known from all seven musk deer species (Moschidae: Moschus spp.) worldwide.

Host sp./Eimeria sp. Shape1 L × W (range) L × W (ratio) Stieda/Substieda/Parastieda bodies Residuum (type/size)2 Refractile Bodies (No.)3 SZ Shape SZ N4
M. berezovskii
E. aquae E/O 14.1 × 7.5 1.9 +/–/– + + Banana-like +
(10–16 × 5–9) (1.5–2.2) (SG) (2, L, S) C
E. dolichocystis E/O 13.9 × 7.7 1.8 +/–/– + + Sausage-like +/–
(10–18 × 5–12) (1.4–2.6) (SG) (1, L) C
E. fengxianensis E/O 13.9 × 7.3 1.9 +/–/– + + Sausage-like +/–
(11–16 × 6–9) (1.6–2.2) (SG) (2, L, S) C
E. helini E/O 13.5 × 7.7 1.8 +/–/– + + Sausage-like +/–
(9–16 × 6–10) (1.4–2.0) (SG) (1, L) C
E. jinfengshanenisis E 11.1 × 5.9 1.9 –/–/– + + Banana-like
(10–11 × 5–7) (1.7–2.0) (SG) (1, Sm)
E. dujiangyanensis S 17.5 × 8.2 2.1 –/–/– + + Sausage-like
(16–20 × 7.5–10) (1.9–2.3) (SG) (1, L)
E. kaii E/O 14.4 × 7.5 1.9 +/–/– + + Banana-like +/–
(12–16 × 6–8) (1.6–2.2) (SG) (2, L, S) C
E. oocylindrica E/O 13.8 × 7.7 1.8 +/–/– + + Sausage-like +/–
(11–16 × 6–9.5) (1.5–2.2) (SG) (2, L, S) C
M. moschiferus
E. moschus E Means not given Not given –/–/– + + Banana-like
(10–10.5 × 5–7) (SG) (1, Sm)
E. sajanica E Means not given 1.1 –/–/– + + Banana-like
(5–10 × 3–5) (SG) (1, Sm)
1

E = Ellipsoidal; E/O = Elongate-ovoidal (1 end rounded, 1 end pointed slightly); S = Spindle-shaped.

2

Sporocyst residuum: Shape, consistency (SG = scattered granules; CM = compact mass).

3

Refractile bodies of SZ: Number, general size (L = large at rounded end; S = smaller at pointed end; Sm = small at rounded end).

4

Sporozoite (SZ) nucleus (N): visible (+), not visible (–); location (C = central in SZ; W = wide end of SZ; P = pointed end of SZ).

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