Moneran Kindom
Single-celled organisms with no nucleus


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Desert Varnish


Pedomicrobium australium
Cocci Shaped
This moneran lives on desert rocks and gives them color.















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Bacillus megaterium

Bacillus megaterium
Bacilli
Found in desert soil










Protist Kindom

Mostly single-celled organisms with a nucleus and organelles



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Desmococcus olivaceus


Algae- mostly single-celled organisms with a nucleus, chlorophyll, and cell walls
Desmococcus olivaceus
This algae lives in the desert soil








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Giardia intestinalis


Protozoa- mostly single-celled organisms with a nucleus, no chlorophyll, and no cell wall
Giardia intestinalis
Found in humans and mammals in the desert










Fungus Kingdom

Multi-celluler organisms with no chlorophyll that absorb nutrients from other things.


Ascomycota - Fungi shaped like a cup or sac
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Terfezia arenaria is comonly found underground in the desert

COMMON NAME - Desert Truffle
Kindom- Fungi
Phylum- Ascomycota
Class- Pezizomycetes
Order- Pezizales
Family- Terfeziaceae
Genus- Terfezia
species- arenaria







Ascomycota - Fungi shaped like a cup or sac
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Coccidioides immitis is a pathogenic fungi and is found in desert soil. It is the cause of Valley Fever



COMMON NAME - Valley Fever
Kindom- Fungi
Phylum- Ascomycota
Class- Euascomycetes
Order- Onygenales
Family- Onygenaceae
Genus- Coccidioides
species- immitis





Basidiomycota - fungi with a stem and a cap (club fungus)
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Podaxis pistillaris is commonly found growing in the desert


COMMON NAME - Desert Shaggy Mane
Kindom- Fungi
Phylum- Basidiomycota
Class- Agaricomycetes
Order- Agaricales
Family- Agaricaceae
Genus- Podaxis
species- pistillaris






Glomeromycota - Threadlike fungi with a spore on the end of them that attach onto the roots of plants
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Glomus mosseae is found in desert soil on the roots of plants


Kindom- Fungi
Phylum- Glomeromycota
Class- Glomeromycetes
Order- Glomerales
Family- Glomeraceae
Genus- Glomus
species- mosseae





Plant Kingdom

Multi-celled, cell walls, chlorophyll
Tracheophyta - an organism with flowers and seeds in a fruit
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The tumbleweed can be found in the desert


Common name - Tumbleweed
Kindom- Plantae
Division- Magnoliophyta
Class- Magnoliopsida
Order- Caryophyllales
Family- Amaranthaceae
Genus- Amaranthus
species- albus





Tracheophyta - an organism with flowers and seeds in a fruit
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The foothill Palo Verde can be found in Arizona and New Mexico



Common name - Foothill Palo Verde
Kingdom- Plantae
Division- Magnoliophyta
Class- Magnoliopsida
Order- Fabales
Family- Fabaceae
Genus- Parkinsonia
species- microphylla



Aphenophyta - Hollow stems with joints
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The Mexican Giant Horsetail is found in Mexico



Common name - Mexican Giant Horsetail
Kingdom- Plantae
Division- Sphenophyta
Class- Equisetopsida
Order- Equisetales
Family- Equisetaceae
Genus- Equisetum
species- myriochaetum










Gymnosperm - Reproduce with cones or seeds outside of the plant, no fruit, mostly evergreen
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The Afghan Pine can be found in a hot desert climate


Common name - Afghan Pine
Kingdom- Plantae
Division- Pinophyta
Class- Pinopsida
Order- Pinales
Family- Pinaceae
Genus- Pinus
species- brutia



Bruophyta - Club mosses
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Tortula Moss can be found in the desert wet season

Common name - Tortula Moss
Kingdom- Plantae
Division- Bryophyta
Class- Bryopsida
Order- Pottiales
Family- Pottiaceae
Genus- Syntrichia
Species- ruralis




Gymnosperm - Reproduce with cones or seeds outside of the plant, no fruit, mostly evergreen
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The Welwitschia is found in the desert

Common name - Welwitschia
Kingdom- Plantae
Division- Gnetophyta
Class- Gnetopsida
Order- Welwitschiales
Family- Welwitschiaceae
Genus- Welwitschia
Species- mirabilis




Tracheophyta - an organism with flowers and seeds in a fruit
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Found at Western Australia




Kingdom- Plantae
Division- Magnoliophyta
Class- Liliopsida
Order- Poales
Family- Restionaceae
Genus- Lepidobolus
species- deserti





Gymnosperm - Reproduce with cones or seeds outside of the plant, no fruit, mostly evergreen
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The Sago Palm is found in the deserts of Asia

Common Name - Sago Palm
Kingdom- Plantae
Division- Cycadophyta
Class- Cycadopsida
Order- Cycadales
Family- Cycadaceae
Genus- Cycas
species- revoluta













Fern - Has fronds with spores on the bottomof them
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The Wisk Fern can be found in Texas

Common Name - Wisk Fern
Kingdom- Plantae
Division- Psilophyta
Class- Psilopsida
Order- Psilotales
Family- Psilotaceae
Genus- Psilotum
species- nudum







Tracheophyta - an organism with flowers and seeds in a fruit

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Desert Mariposa Lily found in heavily soiled desert areas

Common Name - Desert Mariposa Lily
Kingdom- Plantae
Division- Magnoliophyta
Class- Liliopsida
Order- Liliales
Family- Liliaceae
Genus- Calochortus
species- kennedyi







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Kindom: Plantae
Phylum: Lycopodiophyta
Class: Lycopodiopsida
Order: Lycopodiales
Family: Lycopodiaceae
Genus: Lycopodium
Species: annotinum















Animal Kingdom

Multi-celled, Digest food insoide body







Nemata - two openings for food/waste, developed nervous system
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The round worm can be found in mammals in the desert

Common Name - Round Worm
Kindom: Animalia
Phylum: Nemata
Class: Secernentea
Order: Rhabditida
Family: Rhabditidae
Genus: Caenorhabditis
Species: elegans







Arthropods - two openings for food/waste, jointed appendages, exoskeleton
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The Black Widow lives in the desert

Common Name - Black Widow
Kindom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Arachnida
Order: Araneae
Family: Theridiidae
Genus: Latrodectus
Species: hesperus













Gnathostomulida - one opening for food/waste, simple nervous system
Common Name - No common name
Kindom: Animalia
Phylum: Gnathostomulida
Class: Not Assigned
Order: Bursovaginoidea
Genus: Austrognatharia
Species: australis



Platyhelminthes - one opening for food/waste, simple nervous system
Common Name - no common name
Kindom: Animalia
Phylum: Platyhelminthes
Class: Trematoda
Order: polyopisthocotylea
Family: Polystomatidae
Genus: Pseudodiplorchis
Species: americanus









common name: earthworm
Kindom: Animalia
Phylum: annelida
Class: Oligochaete
Order: Haplotaxida
Family: Komarekionidae
Genus: Komarekiona
Species: eatoni


Aves - Birds, hollow bones, feathers, lay eggs, enlarged lungs, scaly legs, clawed toes, endotherms

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The King Vulture can be found in the desert scavenging for food


Common Name - King Vulture
Kindom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Ciconiiforms
Family: Ciconiidae
Genus: Sarcoramphus
Species: papa








Reptillia - live on land, two pairs of legs, lay eggs, covered by plates or scales, lungs, ectotherms
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The Desert Horned Lizard is foun in the desert

Common Name - Desert Horned Lizard
Kindom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Reptilia
Order: Squamata
Family: Phrynosomatidae
Genus: Phrynosoma
Species: platyrhinos







Actinopterygii - fins supported by bones, upper jaw bones slide forward when opened
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The Tiger Fish can be found in the nile river

Common Name - Tiger Fish
Kindom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Actinopterygii
Order: Characiformes
Family: Alestidae
Genus: Hydrocynus
Species: brevis












Common Name - Kangoroo rat
Kindom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Rodenta
Family: Heteromyidae
Genus: Dipodomys
Species: agilis



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the desert jack rabbit is found in all parts of the desert



Common Name - Jack rabbit
Kindom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Lagomorpha
Family: leporidae
Genus: Lepus
Species: callotis















Common Name - Red-spotted toad
Kindom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Amphibia
Order: Anura
Family: Bufonidae
Genus: Anaxyrus
Species: punctatu





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