Due to the extreme dryness and temperature swings, and their constantly shifting sands, the Algodones represent a very unique habitat type in the Sonoran desert of southeastern California.
Sand Food, a rare and edible dunes native plant.
The Algodones are an active dune system that harbors many rare, threatened, and endemic species such as the Peirsonís Milkvetch, Sand Food, Algodones Dunes Sunflower, Flat-tailed Horned Lizard, Andrews Dune Scarab Beetle, Colorado Desert Fringe-toed Lizard and at least 9 endemic beetles.
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Center for Biological Diversity