Endangered And Threatened Animals Of Florida And Their Habitats

Paperback | February 1, 2004

byChris Scott

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A biological crossroads where temperate gives way to tropical and east blends into west, Florida has over twenty-five primary habitat types, several of which are unique to the state. Within these richly varied natural communities lives an astonishing abundance of animals and plants, making Florida one of the United States' most biologically diverse regions. At the same time, sadly, Florida is also one of the country's most ecologically imperiled regions, second only to California in the number of its animals and plants that have been federally designated as endangered or threatened.

This fully illustrated book is a comprehensive, yet convenient and easy-to-understand guide to Florida's endangered and threatened animals and the habitats that support them. Chris Scott covers all 71 species, subspecies, or populations of mammals, birds, reptiles, fish, crustaceans, insects, corals, and mollusks. His species accounts describe each animal's listed status, identifying characteristics, historical and current distribution, biology, current threats, and conservation efforts. To make the crucial link between animals and their habitats, Scott also includes extensive discussions of Florida's natural regions; human impacts on the environment, including habitat destruction, pollution, and the introduction of invasive, nonnative species; and ongoing efforts to conserve and restore native plant and animal communities. With this wealth of information available in no other single volume, everyone who cares about the natural environment can help preserve one of America's biological treasurehouses.

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A biological crossroads where temperate gives way to tropical and east blends into west, Florida has over twenty-five primary habitat types, several of which are unique to the state. Within these richly varied natural communities lives an astonishing abundance of animals and plants, making Florida one of the United States' most biologi...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:381 pages, 8.3 × 5.86 × 1.25 inPublished:February 1, 2004Publisher:University Of Texas PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0292705298

ISBN - 13:9780292705296

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Preface Acknowledgments Chapter One. Listed Species: What They Are Up Against Chapter Two. Biological Pollution: Invasive Exotics in Florida Chapter Three. Saving Florida's Endangered Species: A Race Against the Clock Chapter Four. Florida's Habitats Florida Scrub Ecosystems High Pine Communities Pine Flatwoods and Dry Prairie Habitats Temperate Hardwood Communities South Florida Rockland Habitats Coastal Strand Habitats Subterranean Habitats Freshwater Swamps and Related Communities Lakes, Rivers, Streams, Springs, and Related Ecosystems Freshwater and Saltwater Marsh Communities Mangrove Communities Coral Reefs and Related Marine EcosystemsSpecies AccountsMammalsFlorida Mastiff Bat (Eumops glaucinus floridanus) Endangered Bats of the Panhandle Gray Bat (Myotis grisescens) Indiana Bat (Myotis sodalis)Florida Panther (Puma concolor coryi) Florida Black Bear (Ursus americanus floridanus) Everglades Mink (Mustela vison evergladensis) Key Deer (Odocoileus virginianus clavium) Lower Keys Marsh Rabbit (Sylvilagus palustris hefueri) Big Cypress Fox Squirrel (Sciurus niger avicennia) Key Largo Wood Rat (Neotoma floridana smalli) Key Largo Cotton Mouse (Peromyscus gossypinus allapaticola) Beach Mice (Peromyscus polionotus) Silver Rice Rat (Oryzomys argentatus) Florida Salt Marsh Vole (Microtus pennsylvanicus dukecampbelli) Florida Manatee (Trichechus manatus latirostris) BirdsLeast Tern (Sterna antillarum antillarum) Caribbean Roseate Tern (Sterna dougallii dougallii) Southeastern Snowy Plover (Charadrius alexandrinus tenuirostris) Piping Plover (Charadrius melodus) Wood Stork (Mycteria americana) Whooping Crane (Grus americana) Florida Sandhill Crane (Grus canadensis pratensis) Everglades Snail Kite (Rostrhamus sociabilis plumbeus) Southern Bald Eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus leucocephalus) Audubon's Crested Caracara (Caracara cheriway audubonii) Peregrine Falcon (Falco peregrinus) Southeastern American Kestrel (Falco sparverius paulus) White-crowned Pigeon (Columba leucocephala) Ivory-billed Woodpecker (Campephilus principalis principalis) Red-cockaded Woodpecker (Picoides borealis) Florida Scrub-jay (Aphelocoma coerulescens) Kirtland's Warbler (Dendroica kirtlandii) Bachman's Warbler (Vermivora bachmanii) Cape Sable Seaside Sparrow (Ammodramus maritimus mirabilis) Florida Grasshopper Sparrow (Ammodramus savannarum floridanus) ReptilesAmerican Crocodile (Crocodylus acutus) American Alligator (Alligator mississippiensis) Sea Turtles Atlantic Green Turtle (Chelonia mydas mydas)Atlantic Hawksbill Turtle (Eretmochelys imbricata imbricata)Atlantic Ridley Turtle (Lepidochelys kempi)Atlantic Loggerhead Turtle (Caretta caretta caretta)Atlantic Leatherback Turtle (Dermochelys coriacea coriacea)Bluetail Mole Skink (Eumeces egregius lividus) Sand Skink (Neoseps reynoldsi) Atlantic Salt Marsh Snake (Nerodia clarki taeniata) Key Ring-necked Snake (Diadophis punctatus acricus) Eastern Indigo Snake (Drymarchon corais couperi) Short-tailed Snake (Stilosoma extenuatum) Rimrock Crowned Snake (Tantilla oolitica)Lower Keys Reptiles Peninsula Ribbon Snake (Thamnophis sauritus sackeni)Florida Brown Snake (Storeria dekayi victa)Striped Mud Turtle (Kinosternon bauri)FishesShortnose Sturgeon (Acipenser brevirostrum) Gulf Sturgeon (Acipenser oxyrinchus desotoi) and Atlantic Sturgeon (Acipenser oxyrinchus oxyrinchus) Crystal Darter (Crystallaria asprella) Okaloosa Darter (Etheostoma okaloosae) Blackmouth Shiner (Notropis melanostomus) Key Silverside (Menidia conchorum) CrustaceanSquirrel Chimney Cave Shrimp (Palaemonetes cummingi) InsectSchaus' Swallowtail Butterfly (Papilio aristodemus ponceanus)CoralPillar Coral (Dendrogyra cylindrus) MolluskStock Island Tree Snail (Orthalicus reses reses)Appendix. State Species of Special Concern, Federal Candidate Species, and Federal Species of Management Concern Glossary Bibliography Index