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Red-shouldered Hawk (Buteo lineatus)

Observer

afrin

Date

June 5, 2018 03:19 PM EDT

Description

It was hard to take a picture of this guy, there was snakes in the forest so I’m guessing it was looking for food. I see these in my yard all the time during spring time, but it’s when I’m chasing them away from my pet bunnies.

Weather- hot 90 degrees, making me wonder why I left the AC

Red-shouldered Hawk - Photo (c) Richard Wottrich, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC)
hesterberg's ID: Red-shouldered Hawk (Buteo lineatus)
Added on January 20, 2021
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White Ibis (Eudocimus albus)

Observer

tjhenry1

Date

June 11, 2020 02:03 PM HST

Description

This white ibis is mainly white in color, with red/pink legs and face. The legs are long in proportion to the body of the bird, which has a narrow head with eyes on the side of it, and a long beak that fades in color from red/pink to gray. The beak and legs are about 6 inches long. This observation was made near a pond that had grass, many pine needles on the ground, bushes, trees, along with ducks and turtles. No reproductive structures were observed. https://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/White_Ibis/id

White Ibis - Photo (c) fabiomanfredini, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC)
hesterberg's ID: White Ibis (Eudocimus albus)
Added on June 15, 2020
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Brown Anole (Anolis sagrei)

Observer

bularca_i_001

Date

June 2020

Description

I found this lizard outside of my friend’s house. This creature is brown in color and has some tan colored detailing to it. It was about 5 inches long. I believe it is a lizard but I’m not sure the specific kind. It was very sunny outside and around 95 degrees. It acts very similar to other lizards that I have seen as well as looked up because it was climbing on trees and had a dewlap, which is a term that I looked up in the dictionary (Lexico Dictionary, Dewlap).

Brown Anole - Photo (c) Jill Bazeley, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC)
hesterberg's ID: Brown Anole (Anolis sagrei)
Added on June 15, 2020
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Florida Leatherleaf Slug (Leidyula floridana)

Observer

bularca_i_001

Date

June 2020

Description

I believe this organism is a protostome. I found this organism while I was walking my dog in the morning. The organism was about 3inches long and a brownish color. It was muggy outside and very humid. I think this organism is a slug of some sort because the organism that I found looks very similar to the pictures of slugs that were posted. I know that this organism is a slug because it lacks a shell, which I read in an article written by the University of Florida (http://entnemdept.ufl.edu/creatures/misc/gastro/slugs_of_florida.htm). It also moves very similar to this species.

Florida Leatherleaf Slug - Photo (c) Ryan Cooke, all rights reserved
hesterberg's ID: Florida Leatherleaf Slug (Leidyula floridana)
Added on June 15, 2020
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Romerillo (Bidens alba)

Observer

bularca_i_001

Date

June 2020

Description

I found this flower along the sidewalk, as I was walking in the morning. I was quite humid outside, but sunny and around 90 degrees. There were many of this organism cluster in this area. I believe this organism is a Romerillo because, it looks similar to the photos. Additionally, the petals seem to be the same shape and the center of the flower is a gold color like the flowers in the pictures taken by others. These flowers are small in size and have white flower petals. According to a research paper done in Thailand, Romerillo's were introduced as an invasive species to the country (https://www.cabi.org/ISC/FullTextPDF/2016/20163298157.pdf).

Romerillo - Photo (c) 葉子, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC-ND)
hesterberg's ID: Romerillo (Bidens alba)
Added on June 15, 2020
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Spanish Moss (Tillandsia usneoides)

Observer

bularca_i_001

Date

June 2020

Description

I think this organism is Spanish moss. It is grey in color and sits in a bunch. I found this hanging in one of my neighbors trees. It was very sunny and humid out. When I looked up spanish moss, it said that this organism usually grows in South and Central America, as well as Southeast North America, (https://www.
mentalfloss.com/article/67807/10-things-you-should-know-about-spanish-moss).

Spanish Moss - Photo (c) Iván Reséndiz Cruz, all rights reserved
hesterberg's ID: Spanish Moss (Tillandsia usneoides)
Added on June 15, 2020
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Leavenworth's Tickseed (Coreopsis leavenworthii)

Observer

aguilar_r_001

Date

June 9, 2020 04:20 PM EDT

Description

The organism pictured above is a Greenthread flowering plant.
I observed this organism while on walking on a trail in Riverview The organism was off to the side of the trail growing with several other like it. The organism has yellow petals with a dark brown center and a thin green stem.
Resource: http://www.southeasternflora.com/view_flora.php?plantid=1763

Leavenworth's Tickseed - Photo (c) Judy Gallagher, some rights reserved (CC BY), uploaded by Judy Gallagher
hesterberg's ID: Leavenworth's Tickseed (Coreopsis leavenworthii)
Added on June 15, 2020
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Southern Sword Fern (Nephrolepis exaltata)

Observer

warhul_z_001

Date

June 10, 2020 07:38 PM EDT

Description

This individual's shape had that recognizable and distinct typical fern structure, the size was very large as the individual plant was very overgrown and merging with neighboring other ferns, the color was a rich green. Typical characteristics included the hard and stiff stem that runs down the middle of the branch where the leafs connect and the many tiny bump like structures were observed on the leafs themselves. A description from UF IFAS Center for Aquatic and Invasive Plants listed a few characteristics such as oblong leaf shape and a explained the growing arrangement as a wide base which was observed within this individual. This description supports the identification as a belonging to the Nephrolepis genus. The habitat that this individual was found in a mix of freshwater and forest as it was found near trees bordering a near by freshwater pond.

Southern Sword Fern - Photo (c) John Game, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC-SA)
hesterberg's ID: Southern Sword Fern (Nephrolepis exaltata)
Added on June 12, 2020
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Bushwillow Family (Family Combretaceae)

Observer

lavender_j_1

Date

June 2020

Description

Found on Honeymoon Island on June 11, 2020 at 12:00pm. The tree had orangish leaves mixed throughout the majority green leaves. It was found in a marsh. There were multiple branches leading into the water on the back of the plant.

White Mangrove - Photo (c) nsbguide, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC)
hesterberg's ID: White Mangrove (Laguncularia racemosa)
Added on June 12, 2020
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Eastern Oyster (Crassostrea virginica)

Date

June 11, 2020 09:12 AM EDT

Description

Mollusk was observed on a dock in Sarasota Bay. Mollusk was about 2 inches in diameter, and covered all of the dock pylons in the area as well as the seawall. Water was warm to the touch and tide was low, when the tide is high the mollusks are completely submerged.
Apparently there was a recent study to map the locations of the eastern oyster in Sarasota county
http://www.sarasota.wateratlas.usf.edu/upload/documents/SC-Oyster-Mapping-Report_6-2-2016.pdf
and it found that they will not grow on metal seawalls or pylons wrapped in polyethylene material, which is consistent with my observation, as the pylon I observed was unwrapped.

reference
http://www.marinespecies.org/aphia.php?p=taxdetails&id=140657

Eastern Oyster - Photo (c) Jessica Utrup, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC)
hesterberg's ID: Eastern Oyster (Crassostrea virginica)
Added on June 12, 2020
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Osprey (Pandion haliaetus)

Observer

lavender_j_1

Date

June 9, 2020 02:25 PM EDT

Description

Observed on June 9, 2020 at 2:25pm at Palm Field in Palm Harbor, FL. The bird was seen in its nest with a baby leading to the assumption that the bird was female. The male adult later returned with a fish of unknown origin. The female had a white underside and brown feathers on top. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission database assisted in determining this species.

Osprey - Photo (c) Greg Lasley, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC)
hesterberg's ID: Osprey (Pandion haliaetus)
Added on June 12, 2020
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Caesar Weed (Urena lobata)

Observer

farmer_a_01

Date

May 22, 2020 11:28 AM EDT

Description

Noticed a pink flower in an area of green grass and thought it was nice. I looked it up online and found it looked similar to the Caesar Weed flower. The pink flower was small, about half an inch, and it grew in an axillary cluster on the side.

Caesar Weed - Photo (c) jeevan jose, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC-SA)
hesterberg's ID: Caesar Weed (Urena lobata)
Added on June 12, 2020
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Oakleaf Fleabane (Erigeron quercifolius)

Date

June 10, 2020 06:32 PM EDT

Description

The seeded vascular plant was found near a woodland area; standing below two feet the white florets surrounds the yellow disk florets creating emphasis on the center. @hesterberg https://flawildflowers.org/flower-friday-erigeron-quercifolius/

Oakleaf Fleabane - Photo (c) Bob Peterson, some rights reserved (CC BY-SA)
hesterberg's ID: Oakleaf Fleabane (Erigeron quercifolius)
Added on June 12, 2020
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Domestic Muscovy Duck (Cairina moschata var. domestica)

Date

June 9, 2020 01:54 PM EDT

Description

The Muscovy Duck standing roughly under 3 feet was found swimming in a pond. The Deuterostome has red warts around their eyes and fashion black feathers with white patches.
https://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Muscovy_Duck/overview
@hesterberg

Domestic Muscovy Duck - Photo (c) Fernando Losada Rodríguez, some rights reserved (CC BY-SA)
hesterberg's ID: Domestic Muscovy Duck (Cairina moschata var. domestica)
Added on June 12, 2020
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Cuban Tree Frog (Osteopilus septentrionalis)

Observer

wood_c_1

Date

June 4, 2020 11:28 PM EDT

Description

Found this frog hopping around my patio. This bright yellow frog was about 2 inches long with large brown eyes and big toe pads.
Reference: https://www.evergladescisma.org/the-dirty-dozen/cuban-treefrog/

Cuban Tree Frog - Photo (c) copepodo, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC-ND)
hesterberg's ID: Cuban Tree Frog (Osteopilus septentrionalis)
Added on June 12, 2020
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Squareback Marsh Crab (Armases cinereum)

Observer

aguilar_r_001

Date

June 11, 2020 05:56 PM EDT

Description

The organism pictured is a square back marsh crab. I observed this organism at the beach. The crab was sitting on top of rocks that were along the water under a pier. The crab was black and appeared to have a hard square shell (hence the name). The crab had two back legs and two front claws. There were no reproductive structures visible.
Resource: https://bugguide.net/node/view/467453

Squareback Marsh Crab - Photo (c) Jon, all rights reserved
hesterberg's ID: Squareback Marsh Crab (Armases cinereum)
Added on June 12, 2020
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Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias)

Observer

stricklandm1

Date

June 6, 2020 10:30 AM EDT

Description

This large heron was seen at hillsborough river state park searching for fish. Great blue herons are large grey bird with a distinctive dark blue or blacm patch of feathers on the top of its head, plume, that typically extend beyond its head however in these photos it does not appear to extend that far. Its body is a bluish gray color with a very long neck, beak, and legs. I compared these images to those posted the the identification page for great blue heron on allabout birds.org (https://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Great_Blue_Heron/id). And the description and images match up.

Great Blue Heron - Photo (c) Dan Roach, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC)
hesterberg's ID: Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias)
Added on June 12, 2020
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Cinnamon Fern (Osmundastrum cinnamomeum)

Observer

aguilar_r_001

Date

June 9, 2020 04:04 PM EDT

Description

The plant above is known as a cinnamon fern. I observed this plant near the edge of a lake. The plant was growing along the moist soil that the lake created. The location of the growing plant is one thing that allowed me to identify it (they are known to grow near edges of lakes or ponds). The organism was on the taller side, about a few feet. The leaves were a nice bright green color and they were long and narrow (another known characteristic).
Resource: https://www.discoverlife.org/mp/20q?guide=Trees&cl=US/FL

Cinnamon Fern - Photo (c) Tom Potterfield, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC-SA)
hesterberg's ID: Cinnamon Fern (Osmundastrum cinnamomeum)
Added on June 12, 2020
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Observer

maini_i_001

Date

June 11, 2020 06:38 PM EDT

Description

The observation above is labeled as a Pleopeltis. I found this in Glencliff park. They are a genus of ferns, which are seedless plants. Typically they are found in parts of North America and Asia. The heigh in this looks roughly 4 inches. The average ranges from anywhere from 3-6 inches. It has a very vibrant evergreen color to it which is the norm. They are often found on growing trees as can be seen in the pictures. The texture of the fern appears coarse. This plant tends to appear dry and dead during dry seasons but rejuvenates with rain.
Reference: plants.ces.ncsu.edu
@hesterberg

Tropical Resurrection Fern - Photo (c) Alexis López Hernández, all rights reserved
hesterberg's ID: Tropical Resurrection Fern (Pleopeltis polypodioides)
Added on June 12, 2020
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Brown Anole (Anolis sagrei)

Observer

maini_i_001

Date

June 2020

Description

The organism above can be labeled as a Anolis cybotes. I found it near Glencliff park. They are a type of deuterostome. The back has dark spots and the legs are a lighter shade of brown. He is extremely camouflaged in the tree but not in the grass. This would assist him in getting away from predators. He has a larger head than the others in the species which is a distinguishing factor. They are native to Hispaniola and the small islands nearby. This can be perceived as a male because of his coloring. Then tend to have a larger head and brown color with lighter stripes. This organism looks to have a scaly rigid reptile texture and is about 4-5 inches. They have been introduced to Florida, however they still have a small breeding population.
Reference: eol.org
@hesterberg

Brown Anole - Photo (c) Jill Bazeley, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC)
hesterberg's ID: Brown Anole (Anolis sagrei)
Added on June 12, 2020
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Southern Sword Fern (Nephrolepis exaltata)

Observer

collado_c_001

Date

June 10, 2020 06:41 PM EDT

Description

The sword fern belongs to the seedless non-vascular plant group. It would be apart of the plant kingdom as well. They are a vibrant green and about nine to 10 inches long. They are usually found on a shaded wood-like trail (Holmes,2018). They also get their names from their elongated blade- like fonds (Holmes,2018).
Reference: Homes,K. (2018, May 09). Sword Ferns. Growing and Plant Care Tips. Retrieved June,12,2020 from https://www.gardenia.com/posts/gardening-101-western-sword-fern/

Southern Sword Fern - Photo (c) John Game, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC-SA)
hesterberg's ID: Southern Sword Fern (Nephrolepis exaltata)
Added on June 12, 2020
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Southern Sword Fern (Nephrolepis exaltata)

Observer

stricklandm1

Date

June 2020

Description

This fern is composed of long blades like fronds that come from a central point creating a crown like appearance. The leaves on each stem are alternating which is a identifying factor of these fern, and the leaves are also long and slender but packed closely together, which separates it from a giant sword fern. The sword fern matches images privided by the University of florida.
Edis.ifas.efl.edu/ag120
This particular fern was found approximately 10 yards from the edge of the lake on the ground, it was surrounded by several other ferns and other plants such as vines and oak trees.

Southern Sword Fern - Photo (c) John Game, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC-SA)
hesterberg's ID: Southern Sword Fern (Nephrolepis exaltata)
Added on June 12, 2020
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Leavenworth's Tickseed (Coreopsis leavenworthii)

Observer

peak_j_1

Date

June 11, 2020 12:56 PM EDT

Description

Seed plant characterized by its bright yellow petals and dark brown center. Stems are thin, long, and lack leaves. Had a few brown spots. Was standing a few feet tall. Spotted in a forested dry area off the trail in Flatwoods Park next to other plants. Usually located in Florida in forests.

Reference: https://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/fp142

Leavenworth's Tickseed - Photo (c) Judy Gallagher, some rights reserved (CC BY), uploaded by Judy Gallagher
hesterberg's ID: Leavenworth's Tickseed (Coreopsis leavenworthii)
Added on June 12, 2020
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Florida Redbelly Turtle (Pseudemys nelsoni)

Observer

peak_j_1

Date

June 11, 2020 01:13 PM EDT

Description

Decent size turtle (around a foot) spotted crossing a side path going into the forest in Flatwoods Park. Dark-colored shell and distinctive orange underside. Striped yellow and black pattern on its neck. Environment was dry and forested, however there was a small body of water in the direction the turtle was going. Usually found in Florida on rocks or trees near water.

Reference: https://allturtles.com/florida-red-bellied-cooter/

Florida Redbelly Turtle - Photo (c) cbrucecochrane, all rights reserved
hesterberg's ID: Florida Redbelly Turtle (Pseudemys nelsoni)
Added on June 12, 2020
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Virginia Creeper (Parthenocissus quinquefolia)

Observer

farmer_a_01

Date

May 23, 2020 11:27 AM EDT

Description

Saw a tree covered in leaves and thought it looked like the Virginia Creeper based on the shape, size, and ridges on the edge of the leaves.

Virginia Creeper - Photo (c) andrewjpage1, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC)
hesterberg's ID: Virginia Creeper (Parthenocissus quinquefolia)
Added on June 12, 2020
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Southern Sword Fern (Nephrolepis exaltata)

Observer

collado_c_001

Date

June 10, 2020 06:41 PM EDT

Description

The sword fern belongs to the seedless non-vascular plant group. It would be apart of the plant kingdom as well. They are a vibrant green and about nine to 10 inches long. They are usually found on a shaded wood-like trail (Holmes,2018). They also get their names from their elongated blade- like fonds (Holmes,2018).
Reference: Homes,K. (2018, May 09). Sword Ferns. Growing and Plant Care Tips. Retrieved June,12,2020 from https://www.gardenia.com/posts/gardening-101-western-sword-fern/

Toothed Midsorus Fern - Photo (c) Mary Keim, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC-SA)
hesterberg's ID: Toothed Midsorus Fern (Telmatoblechnum serrulatum)
Added on June 12, 2020
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Romerillo (Bidens alba)

Observer

collado_c_001

Date

June 10, 2020 06:53 PM EDT

Description

These belong to the seed plant ground, as well as the plant kingdom. These plants tend to contain white petals with a vibrant yellow in the middle. They have a circular shape in the middle from where the four petals branch out. They tend to be one to two inches across. The habitat these were found in was along the edge of a woodland, like they usually are found to be (Grow Native!).
Reference: Bur-Marigold” Grow Native!. Retrieved June 12, 2020, from https://grownative.org/plant-picker/plant/bur-marigold/

Romerillo - Photo (c) 葉子, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC-ND)
hesterberg's ID: Romerillo (Bidens alba)
Added on June 12, 2020
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Marsh Rabbit (Sylvilagus palustris)

Observer

collado_c_001

Date

June 10, 2020 07:03 PM EDT

Description

This observation belongs to the Deuterosome group, which belongs to kingdom anamalia. The habitat that it was found in was a wooden area. They usually tend to me a brownish color with a white tail. They have a lifespan of up to 3 years (National Geographic).Their size usually is around 15.5-18.75 and weigh anywhere from 28-54 pounds (National Geographic).
Reference: (2018, September 21). Eastern Cottontail Rabbit. Retrieved June 12, 2020 from https://www.nationalgeographic.com/animals/mammals/e/eastern-cottontail-rabbit/

Eastern Cottontail - Photo (c) Pedro Peloso, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC)
hesterberg's ID: Eastern Cottontail (Sylvilagus floridanus)
Added on June 12, 2020
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Florida Wild Turkey (Meleagris gallopavo ssp. osceola)

Observer

aliciaayang

Date

May 28, 2020 09:59 AM EDT

Description

Description: The turkey was about a foot and a half in height. It was a light brown-caramel color with dark brown spots here and there. It had a rounded body shape with a slim long neck.

Habitat: Found in an open wild wooded area in Lakeland, Florida. Wild turkeys are woodland birds and prefers areas with an open forest edge.

References:
Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission
https://myfwc.com/wildlifehabitats/profiles/birds/game-birds/wild-turkeys/

The Florida Ornithological Society
https://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Wild_Turkey/media-browser/65616061

Florida Wild Turkey - Photo (c) Michael Jacobi, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC)
hesterberg's ID: Florida Wild Turkey (Meleagris gallopavo ssp. osceola)
Added on June 12, 2020
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Basidiomycete Fungi (Phylum Basidiomycota)

Observer

voronina_e_001

Date

May 25, 2020

Description

White fungi observed in field in my neighborhood in Whitfield, Florida. Field is surrounded by homes and near the ocean. Temperature was about 80 F, slight breeze, humid and cloudy as it had rained earlier. I identified this organism as a fungus. It's all white, about 1 inch in size, and has the ring structure around the stem under the cap. Cap is very soft and smooth in texture. The fungus was found in an area of most soil and leaves. This organism is said to be found in Western North America.

Reference to description of organism: http://arborist.forest.usf.edu/floridafungi/127

Basidiomycete Fungi - Photo (c) Davide Puddu, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC)
hesterberg's ID: Basidiomycete Fungi (Phylum Basidiomycota)
Added on June 01, 2020
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