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Algerita Blossom Cave

NM: Eddy Co., approximately 1280 m.


Location of the Algerita Blossom Cave site.Age. Late Wisconsin. Estimation of age is based on faunal considerations.

General Description. This cave opens to the surface by a fissure, with the present opening excavated by speleologists. It lies between McKittrick and Dry caves. The bone area lies a few meters north of the excavated entrance.

Discussion. The fossil material was received from the Carlsbad Bureau of Land Management Office in part; the rest was excavated or screened from surface spoil deposited by the speleologists' excavation by Harris.

All material is held by UTEP.



Phrynosoma hernandesi—Short-horned Lizard
Crotalus sp.—Rattlesnakes


Tympanuchus pallidicinctus—Lesser Prairie-Chicken


Nothrotheriops shastensis. Shasta Ground Sloth.
Ictidomys/Xerospermophilus sp.—Ictidomys/Xerospermophilus Ground Squirrels
Dipodomys merriami/ordii—Merriam's or Ord's Kangaroo Rat
Dipodomys spectabilis—Banner-tailed Kangaroo Rat
Perognathus (Perognathus)—sp. Silky Pocket Mice
Cratogeomys castanops—Yellow-faced Pocket Gopher
Thomomys bottae—Botta's Pocket Gopher
Thomomys talpoides—Northern Pocket Gopher
Lemmiscus curtatus—Sagebrush Vole
Microtus longicaudus—Long-tailed Vole
Microtus mogollonensis—Mogollon Vole
Microtus ochrogaster—Prairie Vole
Microtus pennsylvanicus—Meadow Vole
Neotoma leucodon—White-toothed Woodrat
Neotoma cinerea—Bushy-tailed Woodrat
Neotoma floridana—Eastern Woodrat
Peromyscus sp.—Deer Mice
Reithrodontomys sp.—Harvest Mice
Sigmodon sp.—Cotton Rats
Lepus californicus—Black-Tailed Jackrabbit (cf.)
Lepus townsendii—White-tailed Jackrabbit (cf.)
Sylvilagus audubonii—Desert Cottontail
Sylvilagus nuttallii—Mountain Cottontail
Notiosorex crawfordi—Desert Shrew
Sorex sp.—Long-tailed Shrews
Myotis—Mouse-eared Bats (cf.)
Lynx rufus—Bobcat
Puma concolor—Cougar (UTEP: cf.)
Canis latrans—Coyote
Vulpes velox—Swift Fox
Mephitis mephitis—Striped Skunk
Equus conversidens—Mexican Horse
Hemiauchenia macrocephala—Big-headed Llama
Antilocapra americana—Pronghorn (cf. gen. et sp.)
Capromeryx sp.—Miniature Pronghorns

Emendations: 24 Dec 2010: "Sylvilagus floridanus—Eastern Cottontail (cf.)" removed from list.

Literature. Harris 1993c.


Last Update: 24 Dec 2010