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Resurrection Fern Pleopeltis michauxiana

Observer

trautz_z_11

Date

August 30, 2020 05:07 PM EDT

Description

Medium size plant grown on the roots of the tree and on the bark. Mostly Green leaves with rounded off leaves. Darker the leaves the closer towards the bark of the tree. Can be found in naturally on ledges and ridges. They are can be located in the Southeast part of the United States.

"The resurrection fern will attach itself to
old live oaks, cypress trees and sometimes large rocks."

coastalgreenery.com/blog/52-southern-beauty-the-resurrection-fern.html

Resurrection Fern - Photo (c) Susan Elliott, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC)
kourt_barber's ID: Resurrection Fern (Pleopeltis michauxiana)
Added on September 10, 2020.
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Spanish Moss Tillandsia usneoides

Observer

paulj11

Date

August 31, 2020 05:52 AM EDT

Place

Private

Description

Description- gray and green. squiggly shape for the most part. Kind of small.
Reference- https://homeguides.sfgate.com/spanish-moss-characteristics-48420.html
Habitat- On a tree in area with a lot of trees.
Known geographic distribution of the organism- distributed approximately between 38°N and 38°S latitude.

Spanish Moss - Photo (c) J. Maughn, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC)
kourt_barber's ID: Spanish Moss (Tillandsia usneoides)
Added on September 10, 2020.
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Brown Anole Anolis sagrei

Observer

patel_r_11

Date

August 29, 2020 11:56 AM EDT

Description

This species has small and vertical body. It is about 4-4.5 inches in length and it has a small tail. The overall color of the species was a light brown, but it also had a little dark brown coloring along the middle of the body, which is also a distinguishing feature. In the second picture, the skin under the species is extended outwards repeatedly.

Resource:
(https://srelherp.uga.edu/lizards/anosag.htm)

Habitat: This species was found right outside of a small forest of trees. It was sitting on a tree.

Known geographic distribution: This species was introduced in Southern Florida a long time ago. They have been able to migrate north since that period. They are commonly found in urban and suburban areas.
(https://srelherp.uga.edu/lizards/anosag.htm)

Brown Anole - Photo (c) Jill Bazeley, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC)
kourt_barber's ID: Brown Anole (Anolis sagrei)
Added on September 10, 2020.
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Resurrection Fern Pleopeltis michauxiana

Observer

liu_c_011

Date

September 1, 2020 10:51 AM HST

Description

The leaves were smaller than finger-size, while the stalks were slightly smaller than hand-size. There are visible bumps on the undersize of the plant, most likely spores as it is a fern. The Natural Wildlife Foundation describes it as "found throughout the Southeast, as far north as New York and as far west as Texas. Due to its ability to withstand drought, it can be found in a variety of habitats, but it needs a host plant or other substrate on which to anchor itself. Resurrection ferns often favor oak trees" (https://www.nwf.org/Educational-Resources/Wildlife-Guide/Plants-and-Fungi/Resurrection-Fern). As stated, it is found in the Southeast of the US, and in this case was found on a fallen tree.

Resurrection Fern - Photo (c) Susan Elliott, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC)
kourt_barber's ID: Resurrection Fern (Pleopeltis michauxiana)
Added on September 10, 2020.
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White Ibis Eudocimus albus

Observer

dalamangas_e_011

Date

August 28, 2020 11:59 AM EDT

Description

Visual Description: Thin, white-feathered bird about one foot tall found walking idly through a grassy area. Also has a thin and long neck. Skinny and slightly curved beak, that is a light orange/pinkish color. This color is also seen around the bird's eyes, and its long and skinny legs with lengthy webbed feet. The body's tail points slightly downward when the bird is standing up straight.
Habitat: Found in a grassy area near a pond in Simmons Park, Florida. Distribution is along the coast of the Atlantic in the United States, From Virginia to Florida. Also along the coast of the Gulf of Mexico, down and around Mexico and Central America, and back up the Pacific coast of Mexico. Additionally found in. Cuba, the Dominican Republic, and Haiti. https://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/White_Ibis/maps-range
References:
Florida Ornithological Society-Official Florida State Bird List:
https://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/White_Ibis/id
FWC Bird ID Guide:
https://myfwc.com/wildlifehabitats/profiles/birds/waterbirds/white-ibis/

White Ibis - Photo (c) Jeff Nickel, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC-SA)
kourt_barber's ID: White Ibis (Eudocimus albus)
Added on September 10, 2020.
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American Beautyberry Callicarpa americana

Observer

cosio_e_11

Date

August 30, 2020 11:14 AM EDT

Description

Visual description:
The plant was a couple feet tall and branched outwards. The brown stems had large green leaves stemming from it. The most noticeable feature is the purple beads that are grouped together along the plant.
Reference: https://www.wildflower.org/plants/result.php?id_plant=caam2
Habitat:
This plant was found in a forest habitat in central Florida.
The Beautyberry can be found in the following states in the USA: AL , AR , FL , GA , LA , MD , MO , MS , NC , OK , SC , TN , TX , VA

American Beautyberry - Photo (c) CameliaTWU, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC-ND)
kourt_barber's ID: American Beautyberry (Callicarpa americana)
Added on September 10, 2020.
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capparell_n_11

Date

August 27, 2020 10:41 AM EDT

Description

circular shape, ranging in cap size from about 3-7 inches, brown in color on the top side with a cracked lighter pattern and a yellow underside, found in a grassy/ sandy strip along a road, spread out throughout the entire grass strip, Reference: https://boletes.wpamushroomclub.org/ "Yellow flesh stains blue w/ dark indigo in the stem base. Yellow to brown stem (redder base) w/yellow to brown netting. Yellow pores age toward yellow-green or -olive & stain blue/black.", geographic distribution: a southern species

Basidiomycete Fungi - Photo (c) Davide Puddu, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC)
kourt_barber's ID: Basidiomycete Fungi (Phylum Basidiomycota)
Added on September 10, 2020.
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Brown Anole Anolis sagrei

Observer

bryann011

Date

August 31, 2020

Description

This brown anole was a light brown color on the body and a darker brown on the back. Along the legs, there were white spots and a long white and light brown stripe that went down the back to the end of the tail. This brown anole was small, only a few inches long. It was found in a large bush. To help identify it, I used this source:http://reptile-database.reptarium.cz/species?genus=Anolis&species=sagrei&search_param=%28%28search%3D%27brown+anole%27%29%29

Brown Anole - Photo (c) Jill Bazeley, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC)
kourt_barber's ID: Brown Anole (Anolis sagrei)
Added on September 10, 2020.
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Observer

dalamangas_e_011

Date

September 1, 2020

Description

Visual Description: Organisms about one inch tall, and one inch in diameter. They are existing in a group with other fungi of the same kind. The fungi is a like orangish/ tan color. They have short "stems" with an umbrella shaped cover on top. Some of the tops are frayed at the edges.

Habitat: It was found near a sidewalk in a grassy area around in the urban habitat of the University of South Florida. This mushroom can be found in tropical parts of Australia, and around Florida.
http://www.mycobank.org/name/Marasmius%20vagus&Lang=Eng

References:
USF Species Catalog
http://arborist.forest.usf.edu/floridafungi/23
Mushroom Observer:
https://mushroomobserver.org/observer/index_observation?by=name&q=1RWRM

Basidiomycete Fungi - Photo (c) Davide Puddu, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC)
kourt_barber's ID: Basidiomycete Fungi (Phylum Basidiomycota)
Added on September 10, 2020.
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Resurrection Fern Pleopeltis michauxiana

Observer

fairooz_a_11

Date

September 2, 2020 10:38 AM HST

Description

Genus Pleopeltis
Visual Description: Green/lime green in color with rounded, oblong leaflets 4-12 inches long attached to a long, skinny stem.

Habitat: Found growing on a large tree. These ferns can also be found on rocks, mossy banks, and sometimes man-made structures. Native to the USA, Central America, Bahamas, and Trinidad. Found in South America too.

References:
Ferns Identification
https://florida.plantatlas.usf.edu/Plant.aspx?id=3445#classification

http://sfrc.ufl.edu/extension/4h/plants/Resurrection_fern/index.html

Ferns Habitats
http://www.plantsoftheworldonline.org/taxon/urn:lsid:ipni.org:names:77147389-1

https://florida.plantatlas.usf.edu/Plant.aspx?id=3445

https://eol.org/pages/47172035

Resurrection Fern - Photo (c) Susan Elliott, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC)
kourt_barber's ID: Resurrection Fern (Pleopeltis michauxiana)
Added on September 10, 2020.
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Spanish Moss Tillandsia usneoides

Observer

campbell29

Date

January 15, 2019 07:58 AM EST

Description

Visual Description: Long greenish gray strands of organism hanging off branches of oak tree. Strands up to two meters long. Linear, curly overlapping leaves about 3cm long. Leaves have small scales. No flowers visible.

Defining characteristics: growing on another plant characteristic of an epiphyte. Flowers (when present) indicative of an angiosperm. Linear leaves with parallel veins indicative of a monocot.

Reference: http://www.plantsoftheworldonline.org/taxon/urn:lsid:ipni.org:names:1169665-2#descriptions

Habitat: Found in an urban habitat growing on a cultivated tree. Native to The Southern United States and South America.

Spanish Moss - Photo (c) J. Maughn, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC)
kourt_barber's ID: Spanish Moss (Tillandsia usneoides)
Added on August 18, 2020.
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Eastern Gray Squirrel Sciurus carolinensis

Observer

bakhtyari_m_23

Date

June 14, 2020 11:49 AM EDT

Description

This squirrel belongs to the Kingdom Animalia and is commonly found in Florida. This one was located along the trail of Lettuce Lake Park.

Eastern Gray Squirrel - Photo (c) Sandy Wolkenberg, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC)
kourt_barber's ID: Eastern Gray Squirrel (Sciurus carolinensis)
Added on July 23, 2020.
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Observer

stainken

Date

April 10, 2019 11:55 AM EDT
Polycera hummi - Photo (c) kourt_barber, some rights reserved (CC BY-SA)
kourt_barber's ID: Polycera hummi, a member of Doridoid Nudibranchs (Infraorder Doridoidei)
Added on July 23, 2020.
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Powdery Goldspeck Candelariella efflorescens

Observer

bakhtyari_m_23

Date

June 14, 2020 11:51 AM EDT

Description

This specific lichen was found on the oak trees located in Lettuce Lake Park. It covered majority of the bark of many of the oak trees.

Fungi Including Lichens - Photo (c) Tom Walker, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC)
kourt_barber's ID: Fungi Including Lichens (Kingdom Fungi)
Added on July 23, 2020.
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zevallos_m_004

Date

June 9, 2020 04:30 PM EDT

Description

Visual description. Fungus has a white stalk and seems to be a decaying wood fungus as its located on a fallen wood branch. Fungus appears smooth and has a gradient of cream and brown colors. The edge of the fungus cap is circular but somewhat ridged. No gills are noticeable.

Habitat: Found under an oak hammock near a marsh. Found in a shaded area under a tree.

Resource used to ID the fungus:
http://tolweb.org/Agaricomycetes/20535

Agaricomycetes - Photo (c) Davide Puddu, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC)
kourt_barber's ID: Class Agaricomycetes, a member of Higher Basidiomycetes (Subphylum Agaricomycotina)
Added on June 21, 2020.
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Shield Lichens and Allies Family Parmeliaceae

Observer

starling_z_004

Date

June 11, 2020 11:30 AM EDT

Description

High in density spread across the bark of the tree. Greenish-grey coloration. Foliose in structure. Smooth feature. Size can vary; seen in large patches but also in smaller patches.
Habitat: Edge of forest area on the bark of an oak tree.
Reference: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flavoparmelia_caperata

Shield Lichens and Allies - Photo (c) Cody Hough, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC-SA)
kourt_barber's ID: Shield Lichens and Allies (Family Parmeliaceae)
Added on June 21, 2020.
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Sea Grape Coccoloba uvifera

Observer

sarahsoto004

Date

May 28, 2020 07:04 PM HST

Description

Big, green rounded leaves with a hint of a red midrib. Fruit that looks like grapes grow from the stem of the tree, fairly large veins and has a leathery/waxy texture.
Found in South Lido Key park, a coastal habitat surrounded by the Gulf of Mexico.

Sea Grape - Photo (c) Lee Merrill, all rights reserved
kourt_barber's ID: Sea Grape (Coccoloba uvifera)
Added on June 21, 2020.
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American Beautyberry Callicarpa americana

Observer

polsky_r_004

Date

June 10, 2020 01:54 PM EDT

Description

This species is known as the American beauty berry,also known as the American Mulberry is a very native plant in the Southern USA. (Moerman, D. 1999) This plant is a seed plant, belonging to genus Callicarpa. The Phylum of this species is Spermatophyta. This plant is very common in pine woodlands, shrubby plant areas, pine forests and oak forests. This plant was found in a pine forest, in a very moist area near the water. It is relately young, as seen by the pictures the seeds ars still green. Over time, the seeds will turn purple. These plants can also be found in garden areas, where they are most common. They adapt to relatively any temperature, but prefer temperate areas. The seeds distinguish this species amongst others. This plant appears bright green from the chlorophyll, and the flowers sprouting out from it appear pink. (Morphology) Resources: https://plants.usda.gov/plantguide/pdf/cs_caam2.pdf (Accessed 2000-)

American Beautyberry - Photo (c) CameliaTWU, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC-ND)
kourt_barber's ID: American Beautyberry (Callicarpa americana)
Added on June 21, 2020.
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Common Lichens Class Lecanoromycetes

Observer

nguyen_d_004

Date

June 10, 2020 04:39 PM EDT

Description

Visual Description: Appears to be light green and on top of the tree, covering patches of the bark but not all.

Habitat: The tree was in my backyard, which I don't know if it can be qualified as an urban. Lichens can withstand extremes of climate and, thus, are found everywhere ranging from hot deserts to chilly mountains. They can colonize rocks, but are also found growing on fertile soils. The tree trunks on hills are the most common sites of lichen growth. (https://www.biologydiscussion.com/botany/lichens-botany/lichens-meaning-habitat-reproduction-economic-importance-resynthesis-fungi-biology/86043#:~:text=Habitat%3A,common%20sites%20of%20lichen%20growth.)

Common Lichens - Photo (c) J Brew, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC-SA)
kourt_barber's ID: Common Lichens (Class Lecanoromycetes)
Added on June 20, 2020.
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kondos_n_004

Date

June 9, 2020 12:33 PM EDT

Description

Visual Description: Approximately 1m (3ft) in width. Leaves approximately 40cm (16in) in length. Defining Characteristics: Spiral leaf arrangement with no separation between leaves.

Habitat: Found near coastal wetland. Native to Southeast Asia, naturalized in South Africa, Southern Unites States, and Central America. Florida distribution here: https://florida.plantatlas.usf.edu/Plant.aspx?id=90

References:
Atlas of Florida Plants:
https://florida.plantatlas.usf.edu/Plant.aspx?id=90
Department of Agriculture:
http://hort.ufl.edu/database/documents/pdf/tree_fact_sheets/livchia.pdf

Saw Palmetto - Photo (c) thehaplesshiker, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC)
kourt_barber's ID: Saw Palmetto (Serenoa repens)
Added on June 20, 2020.
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Spanish Moss Tillandsia usneoides

Observer

jonas_b_4

Date

June 10, 2020 12:51 PM EDT

Description

grey with a hint of green if i look really hard. very inter tangled. long and lush but independent from other organisms but the tree its on. habitat is a small forrest and a larg tree that it hangs from using the tree in a Commensalist relationship. ://www.projectnoah.org/spottings/532209774

Spanish Moss - Photo (c) J. Maughn, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC)
kourt_barber's ID: Spanish Moss (Tillandsia usneoides)
Added on June 20, 2020.
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Flowering Plants Subphylum Angiospermae

Observer

jonas_b_4

Date

June 10, 2020 12:37 PM EDT

Description

the plant was small in size but seemed big for a flower. the stem was skinny and straight but had a white ball at the top. the flower itself had no pdels but what seemed to be like soft prickles. light and flowing. the habitat was
the ground or soil near a lake. full of life and simple for the surrounding area. http://www.southeasternflora.com/view_flora.php?plantid=2133

Flowering Plants - Photo (c) lauriesibley, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC)
kourt_barber's ID: Flowering Plants (Subphylum Angiospermae)
Added on June 20, 2020.
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Eastern Gray Squirrel Sciurus carolinensis

Observer

gentle_j_004

Date

June 10, 2020 09:38 PM EDT

Description

This organism is a deuterostome in that the anus developed before the mouth. This organism can be found in locations around the world but is most common in woodland areas of eastern North America. Thus, it is common in wooded areas in Florida. This organism was viewed in very close proximity to a pine forest. The organism itself was found on an oak tree. This organism seemed to be a male that was just over a foot in length. While observing this organism it was very skittish, giving exaggerated reactions every time I moved closer to take a picture. It also reacted to just about every other noise that was present in the forest. This organism had a darker, brown-colored fur on its: back, tail, and head. While its belly/underside was white. Its eyes were also very dark in color. It did not make any vocalizations while I was viewing it. Refer to https://animaldiversity.org/accounts/Sciurus_carolinensis/ for more information on this organism.

Eastern Gray Squirrel - Photo (c) Sandy Wolkenberg, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC)
kourt_barber's ID: Eastern Gray Squirrel (Sciurus carolinensis)
Added on June 20, 2020.
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Eastern Lubber Grasshopper Romalea microptera

Observer

gentle_j_004

Date

June 10, 2020 09:38 PM EDT

Description

This organism is an example of a protostome, which is an organism whose mouth develops first. This organism is a grasshopper that is common to the southeastern United states, and can be found all throughout Florida. This organism was very vibrant in color with the colors consisting of yellows, oranges, and black. This organism was about 2-3 inches in length, making it one of the larger species of grass hopper in this region. These organisms make noise by rubbing their wings together. These wings also enable flight and act as a defense mechanism along with an odor secreted from their spiracles. I did not experience this upon this observation, but I have experienced it in the past - it is particularly foul smelling. These organisms have a life cycle; starting at an egg, to nymph, then to an adult grasshopper. The nymph stage of this organism is almost completely black with colored stripes down its body. They live throughout the year, but it is most common to find adults in the summer months. These organisms do cause some damage to the plants that are within its habitat, with some people removing them to save their plants. Refer to http://entnemdept.ufl.edu/creatures/orn/lubber.htm for more information on this organism.

Eastern Lubber Grasshopper - Photo (c) Ray Wilhite, all rights reserved
kourt_barber's ID: Eastern Lubber Grasshopper (Romalea microptera)
Added on June 20, 2020.
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Florida Sandhill Crane Antigone canadensis ssp. pratensis

Observer

falzonem4

Date

June 10, 2020

Description

This large bird with a long neck, red forehead, and long legs was found walking around a residential neighborhood in Dover, Fl. These birds are native to Florida and can be found near freshwater.
https://myfwc.com/wildlifehabitats/profiles/birds/cranes/sandhill-crane/

Florida Sandhill Crane - Photo (c) Robin Gwen Agarwal, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC)
kourt_barber's ID: Florida Sandhill Crane (Antigone canadensis ssp. pratensis)
Added on June 20, 2020.
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Common Lichens Class Lecanoromycetes

Observer

falzonem4

Date

June 10, 2020

Description

This fungus composed life-form is green and leafy. It was found covering a fallen tree branch in the brush of Dover, Fl. This organism can be found on many types of surfaces such as trees, rocks, dead wood etc. This life-form is commonly found in North America.
https://njaes.rutgers.edu/fs1205/

Common Lichens - Photo (c) J Brew, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC-SA)
kourt_barber's ID: Common Lichens (Class Lecanoromycetes)
Added on June 20, 2020.
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Spanish Moss Tillandsia usneoides

Observer

falzonem4

Date

June 10, 2020

Description

This brown stringy heaps of moss was hanging from a tree in Dover, Fl, near a retention pond. This beard lichen is commonly found in tropic or Atlantic regions.
https://www.britannica.com/science/beard-lichen

Spanish Moss - Photo (c) J. Maughn, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC)
kourt_barber's ID: Spanish Moss (Tillandsia usneoides)
Added on June 20, 2020.
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Brown Anole Anolis sagrei

Observer

daher_r_4

Date

May 29, 2020 11:08 AM EDT

Description

This is an Anolis sagrei more commonly referred to as "Brown Anole". It is dark brown color and is about 2 inches in size. It was found in the wild around a residential in Wesley Chapel. Key characteristics of this organism include the dark brown color and white spots on its skin.

Reference(s):
University of Georgia:
https://srelherp.uga.edu/lizards/anosag.htm

Brown Anole - Photo (c) Jill Bazeley, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC)
kourt_barber's ID: Brown Anole (Anolis sagrei)
Added on June 20, 2020.
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True Mosses Class Bryopsida

Observer

daher_r_4

Date

June 10, 2020 01:09 PM EDT

Description

This organism is known as mosses and is under the category of non vascular, flowerless plants. This organism tend to grow in moist areas on rocks. Key characteristics include a green color. The organism observed here is around 8 inches in diameter. This organism was found in the wild near a small plant in the front yard.

Reference(s):
https://florida.plantatlas.usf.edu/documents/guide-to-the-mosses-of-central-florida.pdf

True Mosses - Photo (c) Cody Hough, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC-SA)
kourt_barber's ID: True Mosses (Class Bryopsida)
Added on June 20, 2020.
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Florida Softshell Turtle Apalone ferox

Observer

cousin_j_004

Date

June 11, 2020 01:08 PM EDT

Description

This friendly looking turtle belongs to the deuterostome group. This turtle is large, olive green and has skin covering its shell. Female turtles are usually large in size and can range from up to 12 inches and male and can range up to 24 inches. The turtle lives in aquatic habitats. Reproduction is through sexual mode.

Florida Softshell Turtle - Photo (c) Nick Miller, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC-SA)
kourt_barber's ID: Florida Softshell Turtle (Apalone ferox)
Added on June 20, 2020.
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