Euglena gracilis reproduce through a process called mitosis. In order to complete this process, they must be exposed to the right temperature and must be well-fed. Once a Euglena gracilis completes mitosis, it will split its self in two, which results in another Euglena gracilis. The completion of this process is best observed when another eyespot appears on a Euglena gracilis that is splitting in two.
The Euglena gracilis primarily consumes algae and depends on having sufficient light in order to create their own food. If they lack enough light to create their own food, they will swim around and search for tiny organisms to eat, such as paramecium and amoeba. Euglena gracilis are tiny organisms that belong to the Protist Kingdom and are commonly found in marshes and ponds.Learn More
Euglena are single-celled organisms that live mostly in fresh water, although a few species do live in salt water. They have long tails called flagella, which they use to move through water. Most species of euglena contain chloroplasts and produce their own food through photosynthesis.Full Answer >
Euglena viridis is the type species for the genus Euglena, a group of tiny one-celled organisms that swims using flagella and creates energy using chloroplasts. Euglena viridis is spindle shaped and lives in water. It has between one and 15 chloroplasts and a flagellum as long as its body.Full Answer >
According to Kenyon College, the structure of the single-celled eukaryotic Euglena includes a spiral exoskeleton outside of a long, thin cell with a flagellum for motion and, in most cases, several internal chloroplasts. They are capable of both photosynthesis and consuming other organisms in their environment.Full Answer >
The shape of Euglena resembles an elongated or spindle-shaped cell that is 15 to 500 micrometers, or 0.0006 to 0.02 inches, in length. Some species can change their shape as they lack a rigid cellulose wall, and instead have a flexible pellicle.Full Answer >