What is a coccidian?

What is a coccidian? Here are some definitions.

  1. Any protozoan of the subclass Coccidia
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Of the 20 lizards collected alive, blood was negative for plasmodial or trypanosomal parasites, and feces were negative for coccidian oocysts.
A few of these oval bodies exhibited 4 spindle-shaped structures which were identified provisionally as merozoites of a coccidian parasite.
In Australia, European hares were reported as being infected by four species of nematode, six of coccidian, several liver flukes and two canine tapeworms.
None of the toads of either species harbored trematodes, hematozoa in the blood, or coccidian oocysts in the feces.
Like other Australian marsupial taxa, wombats appear particularly susceptible to toxoplasmosis due to exposure to the coccidian parasite Toxoplasma gondii.
Toxoplasma gotidii is an obligate intracellular coccidian protozoan that infects humans, other mammals, and birds.

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