Topics: Cell, Cellular respiration, Organelle Pages: 4 (1238 words) Published: September 9, 2013
MeerkatSuricata suricatta Part of the Animalia family, Chordata Phylum, Mammalia class, Carnivora order, Herpestidae family, Suricatta genus, Suricatta Species

Cell Structure & Organelles

The cells in a meerkat are eukaryotic because they belong to the Anamalia Kingdom.
The five most common organelles found in eukaryotic cells are mitochondria, ribosomes, nucleus, golgi apparatus and lysosome.
The mitochondria is an organelle found in the meerkat. Its function is it produces energy out of food consumed.
The second organelle is ribosomes, which produces protein.
The third organelle is the nucleus whose function is the “brains” is of the cell, it directs cells activities and has genetic material which is referred as chromosomes made from DNA.
The fourth organelle is golgi apparatus, which makes, processes, and packages proteins.
The fifth organelle lysosome which contains digestive enzymes to help break down food.

Meerkats primary source of energy is cellular respiration, as most of all other living organisms are, whereas photosynthesis usually can occur in both cellular respiration and photosynthesis. Cellular respiration breaks down the food, which therefore releases energy.

Cellular respiration is the most efficient way for cells to gain energy stored in food, which produces adenosine triphosphate (atp). ATP is a high energy molecule which is expended by working cells. Cellular respirations 3 main stages are: glycolysis, the citric acid cycle, and electron transport.

Meerkat is an aerobic organism, which means it requires air(oxygen) for its survival, whereas anaerobic organisms do not require air to survive.

Cell Division (Mitosis / Meiosis / Binary Fission) Meerkats are sexual organisms since they mate...
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