What Is the Function of a Glycolipid?

A glycolipid is a lipid that has an attached carbohydrate; its function is to contribute energy and act as a marker for cellular recognition. Glycolipids appear where carbohydrate chains have a connection to phospholipids that appear on the cell membrane's exoplasmic surface. The carbohydrates appear on the exterior surface of the cell membrane for all eukaryotic cells.