Euglenida is occasionally indicated to as “Euglenoids”. Besides this, they are the noticeable collection of free-living, marine flagellates with different methods of nourishment.

Moreover, nourishment includes bacterivory (usual purchasers of small prey cells like microbes), photoautotrophy (mentioned as “euglenophytes”), osmotrophy (they are absorbers of organic atoms) and eukaryovory (usual buyers of huge prey cells like different microeukaryotes).

Besides this, the occurrence of both photautotrophic and phagotrophic species inside a similar group has prompted redundant arrangement patterns under the International Code of Zoological Nomenclature (purported “ambiregnal taxa”) and the International Code of Botanical Nomenclature.


Although, Euglenids are neither plant nor animals. Furthermore, this group does not fall flawlessly inside the bygone plant-animal division that still permeates biological thinking.

Around 1,400 types of euglenids have been depicted up till now. It is conceivable that somewhere around twice that many expected discoveries. Besides this, the measure of behavioral and morphological diversity present in this type is extraordinarily high.

Moreover, a few osmotrophic and photosynthetic species are blossom formers in rich nutrient conditions. Furthermore, they are very useful pointers of environmental contamination.


Scientific NameEuglenida
Common NameEuglenophyta

Vernacular Names

EuglenidaStein, 1878 (sensu stricto); Simpson, 1997 (sensu lato)
EuglenidaeStein, 1878, emend. Kent, 1880 (not Seidlitz, 1875, Coleoptera)
EuglenoidinaBütschli, 1884; Blochmann, 1895
EuglenineaeSenn, 1900
EugleninaeLemmermann, 1913; Schoenichen, 1925
EuglenoidsWalton, 1915
EuglenophytaPascher, 1931
EuglenophyceaeShoenichen, 1925 orth. em. Smith, 1933; Rothmaler, 1951
EuglenalesLeedale, 1967
EuglenoidaCavalier-Smith, 1978, 1993
EuglenozoaCavalier-Smith, 1981, pro parte
Euglenideade Puytorac et al., 1987; Fernández-Galiano, 1990
EugleniaCavalier-Smith, 1993
Euglenea Busse & Preisfeld, 2002 (not Heller, 1896, Coleoptera)
EuglenophycidaeBusse & Preisfeld, 2002

History of Euglenida

Furthermore, the Euglenoids were first characterized in 1884 by Otto Bütschli as the flagellate order Euglenida, as a creature. Besides this, Botanists along these lines made the algal division Euglenophyta; in this manner they were categorized as both plants and animals, as they share attributes with both.

This contention is a case of why the kingdom Protista was embraced. However, they held their twofold arrangement until the point when the flagellates were part up, and the two names are as still used to introduce to the collection. Their chlorophyll are not cover with accessory colors.


In 1674 the Dutch pioneer of microscopy Antoni van Leeuwenhoek wrote about his experiment, that he collected water samples from an inland lake. And he is found “animalcules’ creature” have “green color in the middle, and before the middle part and the behind part is white.”

Twenty-two years later another scientist John Harris published a brief series of “Microscopical Observations”. He reports that he had examined “a small Drop of the Green Surface of some Puddle-Water” and found ” Animals of several Shapes and Magnitudes composed altogether.”

In 1786, O.F. Müller gave a more complete description of the organism. He named them Cercaria Viridis, noting its distinctive color and changeable body shape.

Fossil records

Euglenida fossils are scanty. Beside the loricas of Strombomonas and Trachelomonas, euglenids don’t emit hard parts that would indorse fossilization. In any case, some photoautotrophic euglenids have exceptionally thick proteinaceous bands, which could apparently fossilize.

One puzzling fossil with euglenid-like characteristics (e.g. a canal opening and strips) was found in Silurian deposits, that is Moyeria.

Furthermore, the size, surface and shape morphology of these fossils are important to some photoautotrophic euglenids in the type Monomorphina. Noticeably, more conclusive euglenid fossils have been seen in rocks from the Tertiary.

Ecology of Euglenoids

  • It is Often found in highly eutrophic environments.
  • Moreover, they are usually found in ditches and ponds near cow pastures, hog lots, chicken farms, and crops where we use fertilizers etc.
  • Furthermore, a thick green or red scum on the surface of the water is often from a euglenoid bloom.
  • Mudflats (another highly productive environment).
  • Euglenoids are able to grow in a very axenic atmosphere, usually, they grow in an organic-rich atmosphere.


Phagotrophic heredities are common in marine, freshwater and brackish residues. Besides this, these cells float inside the spaces between grains of sand and inside the tight interface among the mud and the water section.

Moreover, Osmotrophic and Photoautotrophic ancestries, for the most part, occupy the water section of freshwater conditions.


Furthermore, the temporal range of Euglenida is:Eocene (53.5Ma)

Growth Habit

The growth habit of Euglenida is given below:


Sexual reproduction is unclear in euglenids. Asexual reproduction happens by mitosis took after by cytokinesis. Besides this, the related flagellar root framework and basal bodies reproduce first, trailed by the nourishing apparatus after that the pellicle.

After the cytoskeleton and nucleus have replicated, a cleavage furrow is formed at the base of the flagellar pocket close to the basal bodies. Besides this, they travel toward the front opening, framing two flagellar pockets inside the cell.

Furthermore, the cleavage furrow in this manner travels posteriorly down the longitudinal pivot of the cell. The back tip of the cell is the last part to end up sliced. Moreover the cleavage furrow frames between a (develop) parent strip and a recently produced (nascent) strip on opposite sides of the cell.

Every daughter cell-mostly contains a similar number of pellicle strips as the parent cell. Though, an unequal spreading of strips can also happen during cytokinesis.

Structural Description of Euglenida

Euglenophyta belongs to the kingdom of Protista. Furthermore, they are usually consisting of mostly unicellular aquatic algae. They are mostly found in fresh water.


Furthermore, the Outer layer of Euglenophyta is made-up of firm and flexible layer, that is known as the pellicle. Some species of Euglenophyta also contain photosynthetic pigments (chlorophyll a and b).

Moreover, there are almost more than 1000 species of Euglenoids. And they are very commonly found in ponds and pools that are polluted with fertilizers.


The distinctive properties of these tiny creatures are:

  • Euglenophyta belongs to the kingdom of Protista.
  • Moreover, it is a unicellular aquatic alga.
  • Euglenophyta lives in freshwater but found in rich quantity inorganic material.
  • Furthermore, the eugela do not have any cell wall but has a flexible outer layer called a pellicle.
  • Therefore, some euglenoids contain chloroplasts that contain photosynthetic pigments chlorophyll a and b.
  • Chlorophyta, they do not ingest the food through bodily layers but through the sunlight.
  • Moreover, other species of euglenoids can ingest or absorb their food through.
  • This food is stored as a polysaccharide, paramylon for preservation.
  • Furthermore, in Euglenophyta, the reproduction occurs by longitudinal cell division.
  • The most characteristic genus is Euglena. It is very common in ponds and pools, especially when the water has been polluted by fields or lawns on which fertilizers have been used.
  • Moreover, Euglena has reproduced asexually, through binary fission. In binary fission, there is a cell division the help them to begin the reproduction. This is due to the reason they are not found in any sexual division.
  • Hence, the report on sexual conjunctions is very rare.
  • Besides this, there are approximately 1,000 species of euglenoids.


We have three different stages of life stages in Euglena:

  1. Free-Swimming Flagellated
  2. Pallmeloid Stage
  3. Cyst Stage

In the 1st stage, Euglena can move around freely using its flagellum. In the 2nd stage, the Euglena cell is not motile.

Although there are three different types of cysts:

  1. Protective
  2. Reproductive
  3. Temporary

However, the temporary cyst is also known as the transitory stage, where the walls are thick but not completely closed. The cells are able to move freely. This is due to the strong sunlight.

Besides this, the Protected cyst is formed when food is short or usually in dry harsh conditions. Although the reproductive cyst is formed for the protection while reproducing.

Edible Uses of Euglenida

  • A Tokyo-based Euglena Company has started marketing Euglena-based food and products.
  • As Euglenida have both plant and animal-based nutrients.
  • Besides this, the company has developed a technique to farm the micro-organisms to grow in a large quantity to be commercially available.
  • Moreover, the company is also experimenting with the use of Euglenida for the potential fuel source.


Known Hazards of Euglenida

Although, euglenida is safe and does not cause any sicknesses in large animals or people.

Similar Species

Furthermore, there are many similar species of Euglenida:

Interesting Facts

Moreover, there are many interesting facts about Euglenophyta:


Although, these fun facts are quite interesting and informative.


Aymen Nizam

Aymen Nizam

I am IT (Graduate) from Bahria University Islamabad currently writing blogs on animals and plants, I am a content writer by profession and passionate about writing all information about living things. TapeDaily has provided me a chance to share my expertise with you.

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