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Description of Euglena

Euglenid flagellate, with one or more green plastid or plastids, elongate or ovoid cells, some cylindrical, others flattened and/or cork-screwed in shape; one or no emergent flagella; swimming involves helical rotation of the cell; most species squirm but a few are almost rigid; gliding occurs in some taxa; eyespot and flagellar swelling present; canal opening subapical; about 125 species, mostly freshwater, a few marine; widely studied. The genus has recently been revised, and those changes are not yet included in this web site. Type species: Euglena viridis (Muller) Ehrenberg.


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