3rd December 2019


Are flagella found in plant and animal cells?

Both cilia and flagella are hair-like organelles which extend from the surface of many animal cells. the structure is identical in both, except that flagella are longer and whiplike and cilia are shorter. There are usually only a few flagella on a cell, while cilia may cover the entire surface of a cell.

Similarly, you may ask, are flagella found in plants or animals?

Comparison chart
Animal CellPlant Cell
FlagellaPresent in some cells ( e.g. mammalian sperm cells)Present in some cells (e.g. sperm of bryophytes and pteridophytes, cycads and Ginkgo)
LysosomesLysosomes occur in cytoplasm.Lysosomes usually not evident.
CiliaPresentMost plant cells do not contain cilia.

Can animal cells have flagella?

Cilia and flagella are motile cellular appendages found in most microorganisms and animals, but not in higher plants. In multicellular organisms, cilia function to move a cell or group of cells or to help transport fluid or materials past them.

What types of cells have flagella?

An example of a eukaryotic flagellate cell is the mammalian sperm cell, which uses its flagellum to propel itself through the female reproductive tract. Eukaryotic flagella are structurally identical to eukaryotic cilia, although distinctions are sometimes made according to function or length.