The endogenous development of Eimeria minasensis was studied in 9 coccidia-free goat kids inoculated with 105 sporulated oocysts/kg body weight. Kids were killed 4, 7 (2 animals), 10, 13, 16, 18, 19, and 22 days after inoculation (DAI). In tissue sections of the intestines stained with hematoxylin and eosin and examined by light microscopy, 2 generations of meronts, gamonts, gametes, and oocysts were found. The first generation of meronts developed in cells deep in the lamina propria of the jejunum and ileum. Mature giant meronts (299.4 × 243.8 µm) found 16 DAI were visible to the naked eye and contained a large number of crescent-shaped merozoites. The second generation of meronts developed in the epithelial cells of crypts of the ileum and above the host cell nuclei. Mature meronts (11.5 × 10.1 µm) with 18–28 comma-shaped merozoites were first seen 16 DAI. Gametogenesis took place in epithelial cells of the crypts and villi of the terminal part of the ileum, cecum, and colon. Macrogametes (27.8 × 17.6 µm), mature microgamonts (21.3 × 17.0 µm), microgametes, and oocysts (30.5 × 19.4 µm) were found 19 DAI. Sexual stages were below the host cell nucleus.

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