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Eudorina elegans
Scientific classification edit
(unranked): Viridiplantae
Division: Chlorophyta
Class: Chlorophyceae
Order: Chlamydomonadales
Family: Volvocaceae
Genus: Eudorina

Eudorina is a paraphyletic genus in the volovocine green algae clade.[1] Eudorina colonies consist of 16, 32 or 64 individual cells grouped together. Each individual cell contains flagella which allow the colony to move as a whole when the individual cells beat their flagella together. Description by GM Smith (1920, p 95):[2]


Eudorina colonies typically consist of 16, 32 or 64 cells, each of which is similar to Chlamydomonas reinhardtii. These cells are bedded within an extracellular matrix composed of glycoproteins. Colonies are spherical and motile, with motiity derived from the flagellated individual cells. Eudorina is facultatively sexual, meaning colonies can reproduce either sexually or asexually.[3] During development, each Chlamydomonas-like cell undergoes several rounds of division to form plakeas, which then invert to form daughter colonies before hatching out of the mother colony.[4]

Eudorina elegans


  1. ^ See the NCBI webpage on Eudorina. Data extracted from the "NCBI taxonomy resources". National Center for Biotechnology Information. Retrieved 2007-03-19.
  2. ^ Smith, GM. Phytoplankton of Inland Lakes of Wisconsin, Part I, Wisconsin Geological and Natural History Survey, Madison, WI. (1920).
  3. ^ Coleman, AW (2012). "A COMPARATIVE ANALYSIS OF THE VOLVOCACEAE (CHLOROPHYTA)". Journal of Phycology. 48 (3): 491–513. doi:10.1111/j.1529-8817.2012.01168.x.
  4. ^ Gottlieb; Goldstein (1977). "Colony development in Eudorina elegans". Journal of Phycology. 13: 358–364. doi:10.1111/j.1529-8817.1977.tb02942.x.

External links[edit]

Yamada, T.Y, Miyaja,K. and Nisayoshi, N. 2008. A taxonomic study of Eudorina unicocca (Volvocaceae, Chlorophyceae) and related species, based on morphology and molecular phylogeny. Eur. L.Phycol. 43: 317 - 326.