12th November 2019

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How does the Volvox move?

Each little dot you see is a tiny green algae with two flagella. With this the individual organisms propel themselves. They do this in a coordinated manner so that the entire colony can move in one direction. To see Volvox in locomotion is simply breathtaking.

Likewise, people ask, do volvox have cilia or flagella?

Volvox: common single celled pond algae that consists of one or more colonies. Each cell uses its flagella simultaneously to move the colony. Absorb food through the cell surface or produce it through photosynthesis through use of chloroplasts and store it as a complex carbohydrate.

Is Volvox motile?

An asexual colony includes both somatic (vegetative) cells, which do not reproduce, and large, non-motile gonidia in the interior, which produce new colonies through repeated division. Volvox is facultatively sexual and can reproduce both sexually and asexually.

Is Volvox flagellated?

Volvox are colonial flagellates and a very popular organism for classroom observations. The colony is large, measuring from 100-6000 microns across. The colony is comprised of many single, bi-flagellated cells connected together by protoplasmic strands. It forms a hollow, green sphere.
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