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Cnidospora is a defunct subphylum of microscopic spore-forming parasites in the defunct phylum Protozoa. The subphylum was divided into two classes,[1] the Myxosporidea (now classified as higher-animals, i.e. Metazoa[2]) and the Microsporidea (now classified as fungi).


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  2. ^ Smothers, J. F.; Von Dohlen, C. D.; Smith Jr, L. H.; Spall, R. D. (1994). "Molecular evidence that the myxozoan protists are metazoans". Science. 265 (5179): 1719–1721. doi:10.1126/science.8085160. PMID 8085160.