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Monerans

Monerans are one celled organisms that have no nucleus.

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Streptomyces rimosus
Scientific Name-Streptomyces rimosus
Shape-Bacilli
Where they can be found-This bacteria can be found in desert soil.


Streptomyces rimosus
Streptomyces rimosus



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Phormidium fragile

Scientific name-Phormidium fragile
Shape-Cocci
Where they can be found-Middle of the desert near rocks and cacti



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Phormidium fragile



Protist-Protists are organisms that contain a nucleus. Most of them are single-celled.

Protozoan- "Animal-like" with no cell walls and no chlorophyll.

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Trichonympha agilis.

Scientific Name-Trichonympha agilis.
Where can they be found?-They live in the intestines of Desert Termites, and help them digest wood by digesting the cellulose in the termites.

Trichonympha agilis
Trichonympha agilis
Trichonympha agilis
Trichonympha agilis
Desert Termite
Desert Termite



Algae- "Plant-like", with cell walls and chlorophyll.

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 Haematococcus pluvialis.

Scientific name- Haematococcus pluvialis.
Where they live- Inside dust molecules.

Haematococcus pluvialis
Haematococcus pluvialis



Fungus Kingdom

Fungus~Multi-celled, no chlorophyll, absorb nutrients.


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Ascomycota~Cup-Shaped.

Scientific name-Sordaria fimicola
Kingdom- Fungi
Phylum- Ascomycota
Class- Ascomycetes
Order- Sphaeriales
Family- Sordariaceae
Genus- Sordaria
Species- fimicola
Where they live: Inside animal fecies

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Sordaria fimicola


Zygomycota~Threadlike-spore at the end of filament

Scientific name-Phycomyces blakesleeanus
Kingdom-Fungi
Phylum-Zygomycota
Class-Zygomycetes
Order-Murcorales
Family-Phycomycetaceae
Genus-Phycomyces
Species-blakesleeanus
Where they live: Decaying animal fecies



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Phycomyces blakesleeanus



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Ascomycota~Cup-shaped.

Scientific Name~Coccidiodes immitis
Kingdom~Fungi
Phylum~Ascomycota
Class~Ascotmycetes
Order~Onygenals
Family~Onygenaceae
Genus~Coccidiodes
Species~immitis
Common Name~Valley fever fungus
Where they live~This can be found in desert sand.

Coccidioides immitis
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Basidiomycota~Club-closely packed filaments.

Scientific Name~Fistulina antarctica
Kingdom~Fungi
Phylum~Basidiomycota
Class~Basidiomycetes
Order~Agaricales
Family~Fistulinaceae
Genus~Fistulina
Species~antarctica
Where they live~Though this fungus was discovered in Antarctica, (refering to the name) it can also be found in the desert growing on vegetation.

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Fistulina Anarctica


Plant Kingdom

Plants~Multi-celled,cell walls,chlorophyll


Trent C.

Kingdom~Plantae
Divison~Tracheophyta
Class~Magnoliopsida
Order~Caryophyllales
Family~Cactoideae
Genus/Species~Echinocereus triglochidiatus
Definition~Angiosperms (covered seeds), flowers, seeds in fruit.
Common Name~Crimson Hedgehog Cactus
Where they live~In or against rocky outlaws.

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Chrimson Hedgehog Cactus



Kingdom~Plantae
Division~Magnoliophyta
Class~Liliopsida
Order~Asparagales
Family~Asparagaceae
Genus/Species~Nolina microcarpa
Definition~Flowering plants that porduce seeds
Common Name~Not found
Where they live~Namib desert and the Sonoran desert.

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Nolina microcarpa





Kingdom~Plantae
Division~Pinophyta
Class~Cycadopsida
Order~Cycadales
Family~Zamiaceae
Genus/Species~Dioon edule
Common name~Virgin palm
Where they live~Dry conditions in Mexico, Nicaragua and Honduras
Defenition~


Virgin palm
Virgin palm





Kingdom~Plantae
Division~Tracheophyta
Class~Gnetales
Order~Gnetopsida
Genus/species~Ephedra trifurca
Where they live~Namid desert and Sonoran desert
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Ephedra trifurca





Kingdom~Plant
Phylum~Lycopodiophyta
Class~Lycopodiopsida
Order~Selaginellales
Family~Selaginellaceae
Genus/species~Selaginella ermophila
Common name~Desert spikemoss
Where they live~Between rocks
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Desert spikemoss





Kingdom~Plant
Phylum~Gnetophyta
Class~Gnetopsida
Order~Gnetales
Family~Ephedraceae
Genus/species~Ephedra americana
Where they live~Dry soil in many deserts
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Ephedra americana




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Ferocactus wislizeni

Kingdom~Plantae
Division~Magnoliophyta
Class~Magnoliopsida
Order~Caryophyllales
Family~ Cacteceae
Genus/Species~Ferocactus wislizeni
Definiton of division~Angiosperms-(covered seeds)
Common Name~Barrel Cactus
Where they live~The barrel cactus grows in the desert washes and slopes, but can also be spotted growing along canyon walls.

Barrel Cactus
Barrel Cactus

Yucca brevifolia

Kingdom~Plantae
Divison~Magnoliophyta
Class~Liliopsida
Order~Amaryllidales
Family~Agavaceae
Genus/Species~Yucca brevifolia
Definition of division~Angiosperms-(covered seeds)
Common Name~Jaguer Joshua Tree
Where they live~The Joshua Tree only grows in the Mojave Desert.

Jaguar Joshua Tree
Jaguar Joshua Tree

Neckera complanata

Kingdom~Plantae
Division~Bryophyta
Class~Bryopsida
Order~Leucodontales
Family~Noctuoidea
Genus/Species~Neckera complanata
Definition of division~a division of nonflowering plants characterized by rhizoids rather than true roots and having little or no organized vascular tissue.
Common Name~Neckera Moss
Where they live~This plant lives only in cold desert areas like Antarctica.

Neckera Moss
Neckera Moss


Cupressus arizonica

Kingdom~Plantae
Division~Pinophyta
Class~ Pinopsida
Order~Pinales
Family~Cupressaceae
Genus/Species~Cupressus arizonica
Definition of division~Gymnosperms~ (naked seed):
reproduce with cones or seeds outside of plany, no fruit, ever-green.
Common Name~Arizona Smoothe Cypress
Where they live~ It is found in the Sonaran Desert mainly in the bottom of Canyons.

Arizona Smoothe Cypress
Arizona Smoothe Cypress


Selaginella lepidophylla

Kingdom~Plantae
Division~Lycopodiophyta
Class~lycopsida
Order~selaginellales
Family~selaginellaceae
Genus/Species~Selaginella lepidophylla
Definition of Division~Lycophyta~Club mosses-larger than nonvascular mosses.
Common name~resurrection plant
Where they live~It can be found on rocks or in dry soil.

Resurrection Plant
Resurrection Plant




Ephedra antisyphilltica

kingdom~Plantae
Division~Gnetophyta
Class~Gnetopsida
Order~Gnetales
Family~Ephedraceae
Genus/Species~Ephedra antisyphilitica
Definition of Division~Gymnosperms~(naked seed): reproduce with cones or seeds outside of plant , no fruit, ever-green.
Common name~Erect Ephedra
Where they live~Lives in the southern great plains.
Erect Ephedra
Erect Ephedra


Equisetum hyemale

Kingdom~Plantae
Division~Lycopodiophyta
Class~Equisetopsida
Order~Equisetales
Family~Equisetaceae
Genus/Species~Equisetum hyemale
Definition of Division~Sphenophyta~Horsetails-hollow stems with joints.
Common name~Scouring Rush Horsetail
Where they live~Equisetum hyemale is found in the Chihuahuan Desert.Occurring throughout the world except in Australia.

Scouring Rush Horsetail
Scouring Rush Horsetail


Animal Kingdom

Animal-Mulit~celled, digest food inside body.

Invertebrates-No backbone or spinal cord.


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Kingdom~Animalia
Phylum~Anthropodia
Class~Insectia
Family~Formicidae
Genus/species~Solenopsis xyloni
Defenition~Two openings for food/waste, jointed appendages, exoskeleton
Common name~Southern fire ant
Where they live~America and Mexico

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Southern fire ant






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Scorpion (Hadrurus arizonensis)

Kingdom~Animalia

Phylum~Arthropoda
Class~Scorpionida
Order~Scorpiones
Family~Luridae
Genus~Hadurus
Species~arizonensis
Definition of phylum~
Common Name~Arizona Hairy Scorpion
Where they live~Prefers resting in burrows, often deep underground (up to 8' deep) where the moisture is higher.
Arizona Hairy Scorpion
Arizona Hairy Scorpion


Dipylidium caninum

Kingdom~Animalia
Phylum~Platyhelminthhes
Class~Cestoda
Order~Cestodaria
Family~Dilepididae
Genus~Dipylidium
Species~caninum
Definition of phylum~
Common name~Hondelitworm
Where they live~This animal can be found in the desert living in large mammals, for example bobcats or mountain lions. They live in their intestines.

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Hondelitworm





Vertebrates~Has a backbone or spinal chord.

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Glaucidium brasilianum


Kingdom~Animalia
Phylum~Chordata
Class~Aves
Order~Strigiformes
Family~Strigidae
Genus~Glaucidium
Species~brasillanum
Definition of Phylum~
Common name~Ferruginous Pygmy Owl
Where they live~This animal lives in Southern Arizona and Southwestern Mexico at elevations below 4,000 ft.

Ferruginous Pygmy Owl
Ferruginous Pygmy Owl

Spermophilus variegatus


Kingdom~Animalia
Phylum~Chordata
Class~Mammalia
Order~Rodentia
Family~Sciuridae
Genus~Spermophilus
Species~variegatus
Definition of phylum~
Common name~Rock Squirrel
Where they live~ Rock squirrels live in arid canyons, rocky cliff areas, and boulder piles.
Rock Squirrel
Rock Squirrel

Holothuria argus


Kingdom~Animalia
Phylum~Echinodermata
Class~Holothuroidea
Order~Aspidochirotida
Family~Curculionoidea
Genus~Holothuria
Species~argus
Definition of phylum~
Common name~Tiger Fish
Where they live~This fish can be found in the Red Sea.

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Trent C.
Kingdom~Animalia
Phylum~Chordata
Class~Aves
Family~Ciconiiformes
Genus/species~Buteo jamaicensis
Defenition~Hollow bones, scaly legs, feathers
Common name~Red tailed hawk
Where they live~In America and Mexico


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Red tailed hawk




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