Vegetation and Habitat Diversity at the Southern Edge of the Sonoran Desert

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Alberto Burquez, Angelina Martinez-Yrizar, Richard Felger, David Yetman
Vegetation Community


More than one third of Forrest Shreve's (1951 ) Sonoran Desert lies within the boundaries of Sonora, the second largest state in Mexico. Five of the seven major vegetational subdivisions of the Sonoran Desert are found within Sonora as well, more than in any other state. It is safe to say that the specific biological diversity found in the Sonoran portion of the Sonoran Desert is greater than in any other desert in the world.