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Yellow Flag Iris pseudacorus

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ttadevosyan

Date

May 21, 2012

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ttadevosyan

Date

September 16, 2012

Description

ID based up on the number of following morphological characters of the Cumberland rock-shield lichen (Xanthoparmelia cumberlandia). General appearance, microhabitat of the rock surface, abundant isidia, tan downside, as well asl as K+ (green), C-, KC - cortex, K+ yellow turning orangish pink, C -, and KC -medulla. Ineterestingly, rhizines were irregularly distributed to me, and they actially reminded me cilia.

References:
Brodo, I.M., Duran Sharnoff, S., Sharnoff, S. 2001. Lichens of North America. Yale University Press. New Haven & London.

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Wood Frog Lithobates sylvaticus

Observer

ttadevosyan

Date

August 14, 2012

Description

Juvenile

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Witchhazel Hamamelis virginiana

Observer

ttadevosyan

Date

August 31, 2012

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White oak Quercus alba

Observer

ttadevosyan

Date

August 15, 2012

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ttadevosyan

Date

April 23, 2012

Description

Diagnosis of the Bushy beard lichen (Usnera strigosa) is based on the presence of he central supportive cord, thalus growing in bushy tufts from a single point, not blackened base, presence of apothecia, dense reddish medulla. Spor tests of the cortex (KC+ yellow) suggested presence of usnic acid, medulla in this specimen was K-, C- KC-, as well as geographic location (Cape Code, NE US).
References:
Brodo, I.M., Duran Sharnoff, S., Sharnoff, S. 2001. Lichens of North America. Yale University Press. New Haven & London.

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Smooth Rock Tripe Umbilicaria mammulata

Observer

ttadevosyan

Date

March 21, 2012

Description

Plated Rock Tripe

Habitat:
On the vertical surface of the rock in the broad leaf forest. S-W exp. Elevation: 106 m a.s.l. Can be seen together with Lasallia papulosa and other minor rock lichenes. Seems to prefere more shady and humid microbabitat compared to Lasallia papulosa.

Comment: Widespread species here.

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Timber Rattlesnake Crotalus horridus

Observer

ttadevosyan

Date

September 7, 2012 03:00 PM EDT

Place

Blue Hills State Reservation, Milton, MA (Google, OSM)

Description

Mother with 5 babies were observed. Babies are about 2 week old, close to shed. Images show only 2 babies.

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Timber Rattlesnake Crotalus horridus

Observer

ttadevosyan

Date

April 13, 2012 04:00 PM EDT

Place

Blue Hills State Reservation, Milton, MA (Google, OSM)

Description

This adult male shows signs of severe facial dermatitis, an infection which can be caused by fungus. Orange and pale colored scales are inflamed. Milky wash in the eye in this case is not a sign of preparation to shedding, but an early stage orbital abscess.

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Sweet birch Betula lenta

Observer

ttadevosyan

Date

September 7, 2012

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Spring Peeper Pseudacris crucifer

Observer

ttadevosyan

Date

April 16, 2012

Description

Multiple road killed specimens

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Spotted Turtle Clemmys guttata

Observer

ttadevosyan

Date

June 15, 2012

Place

Blue Hills State Reservation, Milton, MA (Google, OSM)

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red maple Acer rubrum

Observer

ttadevosyan

Date

September 3, 2012

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Bear Oak Quercus ilicifolia

Observer

ttadevosyan

Date

August 15, 2012

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Observer

ttadevosyan

Date

August 5, 2012

Description

Diagnosis of the Rough speckled shield lichen (Punctelia rudecta) is based on the presence of he blish gray thalus with abundant insidia and white pseudocyphellae, absence of soralia at lobe margins, pale tan lower surface with pale rhizines as well as growth on the bark of a birch and geographical location (NE US), Spot tests of medulla (k- KC+ red, C+ red) suggest presence of lecanoric acid. References:
Brodo, I.M., Duran Sharnoff, S., Sharnoff, S. 2001. Lichens of North America. Yale University Press. New Haven & London.

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Poison ivy

Observer

ttadevosyan

Date

June 17, 2012 01:24 PM EDT

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Pignut Hickory Carya glabra

Observer

ttadevosyan

Date

September 3, 2012

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Northern Two-lined Salamander Eurycea bislineata

Observer

ttadevosyan

Date

December 14, 2012 12:22 PM EST

Description

Larva

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Northern Two-lined Salamander Eurycea bislineata

Observer

ttadevosyan

Date

December 14, 2012 12:20 PM EST

Place

Randolph, Massachusetts, US (Google, OSM)

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Northern Short-tailed Shrew Blarina brevicauda

Observer

ttadevosyan

Date

July 21, 2012 10:00 AM EDT

Description

Killed female on the bike-trail.

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Northern red oak Quercus rubra

Observer

ttadevosyan

Date

September 7, 2012

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Northern Copperhead Agkistrodon contortrix ssp. mokasen

Observer

ttadevosyan

Date

April 13, 2012 04:00 PM EDT

Place

Blue Hills State Reservation, Milton, Massachusetts (Google, OSM)

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Northern Copperhead Agkistrodon contortrix ssp. mokasen

Observer

ttadevosyan

Date

August 14, 2012

Place

Blue Hills State Reservation, Milton, MA (Google, OSM)

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Northern Copperhead Agkistrodon contortrix ssp. mokasen

Observer

ttadevosyan

Date

June 15, 2012

Place

Blue Hills State Reservation, Milton, MA (Google, OSM)

Description

Getting ready to shed

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Northern Copperhead Agkistrodon contortrix ssp. mokasen

Observer

ttadevosyan

Date

June 15, 2012 12:00 PM EDT

Place

Blue Hills State Reservation, Milton, MA (Google, OSM)

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Observer

ttadevosyan

Date

June 29, 2012

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Muskrat Ondatra zibethicus

Observer

ttadevosyan

Date

April 7, 2012 09:52 PM EDT

Description

Foraging muskrat.
There were also spring peepers calling on the background.
Pictures done with my cell-phone

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Marbled Salamander Ambystoma opacum

Observer

ttadevosyan

Date

December 4, 2012

Place

Randolph, MA, US (Google, OSM)

Description

Larva was found in a small drying vernal pool 60x35x23cm.

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Common Toadskin Lichen Lasallia papulosa

Observer

ttadevosyan

Date

March 21, 2012

Description

Common Toadskin.

Habitat:
On the vertical surface of the rock in the broad leaf forest. S-W exp. Elevation: 106 m a.s.l. Can be seen together with Umbilicaria mammulata and other minor rock lichenes. Seems to be more dry-resistant than Umbilicaria mammulata.

Comment: Widespread species here.

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Observer

ttadevosyan

Date

March 27, 2012

Place

Armenia (Google, OSM)
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