Euglena

Science, Grade 6

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Table Of Contents: Euglena

1. Euglena Characteristics
A euglena is a one-celled alga with both plant and animal characteristics.
2. Euglenas Have Chlorophyll
It has chloroplasts that contain chlorophyll and makes its own food when sunlight is available.
3. Euglena Eyespot
Its eyespot responds to light which helps the euglena find areas with sunlight needed for photosynthesis.
4. Euglena Nutrition
In the absence of light, a euglena acts like an animal and captures nutrients from the environment.
5. Euglena Movement
A euglena moves by whipping its flagellum around like a little motor. A star-like structure called the contractile vacuole helps to remove excess water.