Morulated is the term for the appearance of the ova of ostertagia. A morula (Latin, morus: mulberry) is an early stage embryo consisting of cells (called blastomeres) in a solid ball contained within the zona pellucida. A morula is distinct from a blastocyst in that a morula (3–4 days post fertilization) is a 16-cell mass in a spherical shape whereas a blastocyst (4–5 days post fertilization) has a cavity inside the zona pellucida along with an inner cell mass. A morula, if untouched and allowed to remain implanted, will eventually develop into a blastocyst. The morula is produced by a series of cleavage divisions of the early embryo, starting with the single-celled zygote.