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Protists
Protists are a diverse group of eukaryotic microorganisms. Protistans are an interesting assemblage of organisms. Protistans lack characteristics shared by plants, fungi, and animals, but they're not bacteria. This Kingdom is made of the "leftover" organisms that couldn't be classified elsewhere.
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Drainage ditch in the Rio Grande Valley in Socorro, TX. Stagnant water and young tamarisk, chenopod, and wolfberry plants near the water's edge.


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life cycle of Eimeria falciformes

Monera
Monera are bacteria and other mostly tiny, single-celled organisms whose genetic material is loose in the cell. The Kingdom Monera consists entirely of the bacteria - very small one-celled organisms.

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Halophiles have turned the land that surrounds the Great Salt Lake in Utah a reddish color. This happens to the land after floodwater spreads onto the land. This desert is in Utah

Desert
varnish is a type of fungus that can turn desert rocks all shades of green, orange, and yellow. This type of bacteria is believed to be one of the oldest living organisms on Earth.

FUNGI KINGDOM

Fungi: are multi-celled organisms with no chlorophyll. Fungi get their nutrients from the ground (they absorb them)

1.)Chaetomium brasiliense is a type of fungi. You can find Chaetomium brasiliense in the air, in the soil, and in the rocks.
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Chaetomium brasiliense fungi


2.) Lichen is another type of fungi. You can find Lichen on Desert rocks and trees in the desert. The scientific name of a Lichen is Flavoparmelia rutidota. A lichen is a plant that occurs as crusty patches or bushy growths on tree trunks, rocks, or bare ground.
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A kind of desert lichen found in the desert
Plants

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Pancake Prickly Pear Cactus
Plants are multi celled, chlorophyll contaning oginisms, and have cell walls.
1.) Pancake Prickly Pear
Kingdom: Plantae
Division: Magnoliophyta
Class: Magnoliopsida
Order: Caryophyllales
Family: Cactaceae
Genus: Opuntia
species: chlorotic

The pancake prickly pear is found in the west and southwest of the united states. It is also found throughout much of mexico.



2.) Ephedra
Kingdom: Plantae
Division: Gnetophyta
Class: Gnetopsida
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desert Ephedra

Order: Ephedrales
Family: Ephedraceae
Genus: Ephedra
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3.) Horsetail
Kingdom: Plantae
Division: Pteridophyta
Class: Equisetopsida
Order: Equisetales
Family: Equisetaceae
Genus: Equisetum
species: seta

The desert horestail prefers mostly sandy soils in the desert.

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Desert horsetails
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Cupressus arizonica


4.) Kingdom: Plantae
Division: Pinophyta
Class: Pinopsida
Order: Pinales
Family: Cupressaceae
Genus: Cupressus
species: arizonica
It lives in Arizona, New Mexico, Southern California, Mexico.

5.) Kingdom: Plantae
Division: Lycopodiophyta
Class: Selaginellopsida
Order: Selaginellales
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Genus: Selaginella
species: lepidophylla
It lives in Chihuahuan desert.

Liverwort
6.) Kingdom: Plantae
Division: Marchantiophyta
Class: Marchantiopsida
Order: Sphaerocarpales
Family: Sphaerocarpaceae
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a liverwort in the desert.

Genus: Geothallus
species: tuberosus
It lives in sourthern California. It's natural habitat is hot deserts.

7.) Kingdom: Plantae
Division: Ophioglossophyta
Class: Ophioglossopisda
Order: Ophioglossales
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rattle snake fern

Family: Botrychiareae
Genus: Botrypus
species: virginianum
The rattle snake fern lives in the muontains of Mexico some parts of the U.S, Austraia, and some parts of asia.







Animals
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Thorny devil in the australian desert


1.) Thorny Devil
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Reptilia
Order: Squamata
Family: Agamidae
Genus: Moloch
species: horridus
It is a Carnivore because it eats ants.It lives in shrubs in central Australia.


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camel




2.) Camel
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Artiodactyla
Family: Camelidae
Genus: Camelus
species: dromedarius
The camel is a herbivore,and it lives in Northern Africa, The Middle East, and Australia.



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galah bird in the desert


3.) Galah
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Strigiformes
Family: Strigidae
Genus: Athene
species: cunicularia
This bird is found in Australia. The Galah is a Omnivore because it eats many plants but also eats bugs and insects.



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a venomous funnel-web spider in the desert

4.) Funnel-web spider
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum Arthropoda
Class Arachnida
Order Araneae
Family Agelenidae
Genus Calilena
species arizonica
The funnel-web spider is found in the Arizona desert. It is a Carnivore because it eats bugs and insects.





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sahara desert ant

5.) Sahara desert ant
Kindom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae
Genus: Cataglyphisbig_horn_sheep.jpg
species: bicolor
It lives in the Sahara Desert. They are Omnivores because they eat plants and animals.

6.) Big Horn Sheep
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Artiodactyla
Family: Bovidae
Genus: Ovis
species: canadensis nelsoni
It is an Omnivore because it eats plants and animals. It lives in North America.




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7.) Grey Wolf
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Carnivora
Family: Canidae
Genus: Canis
species: lupus

It is a Carnivore because it eats small and large game. The wolves have thrived in the temperate desert.



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a rabbit that lives in the desert


8.) Rabbit
Kingdim: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: MammaliaOrder: Lagomorpha
Family: Leporidae
Genus: Bunolagus
species: monticularis
Rabbits are Herbivores because they eat plants only. They live in temperate deserts.




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Ostrich grazing in Africa


9.) Ostrich
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Struthioniforms
Family: Struthionidae
Genus: Struthio
species: camelus
The Ostrich is a Herbivore because it eats plants and in drastic measures it will eat some insects. It lives in the African Desert.




10.)
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Mojavr Desert Sidewinder
Mojave Desert Sidewinder
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Reptilia
Order: Squamata
Family: Viperidae
Genus: Crotalus
species: cerastes
The Mojave Desert Sidewinder is a Omnivore because it eats small animals and plants. It lives in Southwestern U.S. and Northern Mexico.

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Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Nematoda
Class: Secernentea
Order: Ascaridida
Family: Ascarididae
Genus: Ascaris
species: lumbricoides
The Round Worm lives in the intestins of humans and some animals in the desert.
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