Animal versus Plant Cells

Animal cells and plant cells are both types of eukaryotic cells and hence share many common features, including:

  • DNA stored within a nucleus
  • Larger ribosomes (80S in size)
  • A variety of membrane-bound organelles (e.g. mitochondria, ER, golgi apparatus)

However there are also a number of key differences that separate the two types of cells, including:

  • Presence or absence of specific sub-cellular structures
  • Composition of the plasma membrane

Comparison of Plant and Animal Cells

plant vs animal cell