Species List

In my species list I included all the species which I came across and was able to identify. I have organised these in the categories; birds, plants, invertebrates, amphibians and reptiles, fish and mammals. These are then ordered  by the days in which they were first seen.  I have excluded those which I saw in-situ.

I have included abbreviated IUCN statuses of each of the species where available; C= Critically endangered, E=Endangered, V= Vulnerable, NT= Near threatened, LC= Least concern    

IUCN population trends have also been included where available; I= Increasing population, D=Decreasing population, S= Stable population, U= Population trend unknown

Day Birds
1: Travel Turkey Vulture (Cathartes aura) LC S
House Sparrows (Passer domesticus) LC D
2: Merritt Common Ground Dove (Columbina passerina) LC D
Red Bellied Woodpecker (Melanerpes carolinus) LC I
American White Pelicans (Pelecanus erythrorhynchos) LC I
Wood Stork (Mycteria American) LC D
Great Blue Heron (Ardea Herodias) LC I
Osprey (Pandion haliaetus) LC I
Blue Winged Teal (Spatula discors ) LC D
American Coot (Fulica americana ) LC  D
Reddish Egret (Egretta rufescens) NT I
Roseate Spoonbill (Platalea ajaja) LC S
Tricoloured Heron (Egretta tricolor) LC S
Glossy Ibis (Plegadis falcinellus) LC D
Snowy Egret (Egretta thula) LC I
Pied Billed Grebe (Podilymbus podiceps) LC S
Tree Swallow (Tachycineta bicolor) LC S
Northern Shoveller (Spatula clypeata) LC D
Anhinga (Anhinga anhinga) LC D
Common Gallinule  (Gallinula galeata) LC S
Great White Egret (Ardea alba) LC U
Cattle Egret (Bubulcus ibis) LC I
Double Crested Cormrant (Phalacrocorax auritus) LC I
Lesser Yellow Legs (Tringa flavipes) LC D
Greater Yellow Legs  (Tringa melanoleuca) LC S
Sora (Porzana carolina) LC I
Green-backed Heron (Butorides striata) LC D
Boat-tailed Grackle (Quiscalus major)LC I
Northern Harrier (Circus hudsonius) LC D
Common Grackle (Quiscalus major) LC I
Bald Eagles *nest (Haliaeetus leucocephalus) LC I
Florida Scrub Jay (Aphelocoma coerulescens) VU D
Laughing Gull (Larus atricilla) LC I
3: LILA Great Horned Owl *nest (Bubo virginianus) LC S
American Kestrel  (Falco sparverius) LC S
Purple Gallinule (Porphyrio martinicus) LC D
Blue-Grey Gnatcatcher (Polioptila caerulea) LC I
Belted Kingfisher (Megaceryle alcyon) LC S
Loggerhead Shrike (Lanius ludovicianus ) LC D
Brown Pellican (Pelecanus occidentalis) LC I
Brown Pellican (Pelecanus occidentalis) LC I
4: Bird ring Yellow-rumped Warbler (Dendroica coronata) LC I
Pine Warbler (Dendroica pinus) LC I
Red-shouldered Hawk *heard (Buteo lineatus ) LC I
Grey Catbird (Dumetella carolinensis) LC S
5: Big cypress Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis) LC S
Black-crowned Night-heron (Nycticorax nycticorax) LC D
American Crow (Corvus brachyrhynchos) LC I
7: Bill Mitsch Northern Mockingbird (Mimus polyglottos) LC S
Red-headed Woodpecker (Melanerpes erythrocephalus) NT D
8: Corkscrew Indigo Bunting  (Passerina cyanea) LC D
Downy woodpecker (Picoides pubescens) LC S
Common Ground-dove (Columbina passerina) LC D
Black-throated Blue Warbler (Setophaga caerulescens)
Yellow-throated Warbler (Setophaga dominica)
Red-shouldered Hawk (Buteo lineatus) LC I
Swap Sparrow (Melospiza georgiana) LC I
Sanderling (Calidris alba) LC I
9: Lovers Key Blue-grey Gnatcatcher (Polioptila caerulea) LC I
Eastern Screetch-owl (Megascops asio) LC I
Willet (Tringa semipalmata) LC S
Day Plants
2: Merritt Black Needle Rush (Juncus roemerianus)
White Mangrove (Laguncularia racemosa) LC D
Red Mangrove (Rhizophora mangle) LC D
Black Mangrove (Avicennia germinans) LC D
Brazillian Pepper (Schinus terebinthifolius)
Blanket Flower (Gaillardia pulchella)
Seaside Gentiun (Eustoma exaltatum)
Broom Sedge (Andropogon virginicus) LC I
Coontie (Zamia integrifolia) NT D
Giant Leather Fern (Acrostichum danaeifolium) LC U
White Sweet Clover (Trifolium repens)
Prickly Prear  (Opuntia humifusa) LC S
Horrible Thistle (Cirsium horridulum)
Cat Tails (Typha latifolia) LC S
Saw Palmetto (Serenoa repens)
Australian Pine (Casuarina spp.)
Florida Maple Tree ( Acer rubrum)
Cowpea
3: LILA Spanish Moss (Pseudococcus bryberia)
Strap Fern (Campyloneurum phyllitidis)
Sea Grape (Ephedra distachya)  LC S
Cocoplum (Chrysobalanus icaco)
Spider Lily (Hymenocallis latifolia)
Royal Fern (Osmunda regalis) LC U
Cardinal Airplant (Tillandsia fasciculata) LC U
Red Blanket Lichen (Chidecton sanguieneum)
Saw Grass (Cladium mariscus) LC S
Swamp fern (Blechnum serrulatum)
Water Fern (Salvinia minima)
Water Hyacinth (Eichhornia crassipes)
4: Bird ring Poison Ivy (Toxicodendron radicans)
Bladderwort spp.
Alligator Flag (Thalia geniculata)
Rabbit’s Foot Fern (Davallia fejeensis)
Bald Cypress (Taxodium distichum) LC S
Mexican Clover (Richardia brasiliensis)
Slash Pine (Pinus elliottii) LC I
5: Big cypress White-topped Sedge (Rhynchospora colorata)
Resurrection Fern (Pleopeltis polypodioides)
Blue-eyed Grass (Sisyrinchium angustifolium)
Spatterdock (Nuphar advena )
Cut-leaved Evening-primrose (Oenothera laciniata)
Pond Apple (Annona glabra)
Needle Grass spp.
Whisk Fern (Psilotum nudum)
Dwarf Hygrophila (Hygrophila polysperma)
Marsh Fern (Thelypteris palustris )
6: Florida Keys Seagrass spp.
8: Corkscrew Strangler Fig (Ficus aurea)
9: Lovers Key  Grey Nickernut (Caesalpinia bonduc)
 Gumbo Limbo Tree (Bursera simaruba)
Morning Glory (Ipomoea cordatotriloba)
Day Invertabrates
2: Merritt Gulf Fritillery (Agraulis vanillae)
Fire Ant (Solenopsis invicta)
Sadlebag Dragonfly spp.
3: LILA Eastern Lubber Grasshopper (Romalea microptera)
Island Applesnail (Pomacea maculata)
 6:  Florida Keys Staghorn Coral (Acropora cervicornis) CE S
Common Seafan (Gorgonia ventalina)
Labyrinth Brain Coral (Diploria labyrinthiformis) LC S
Palmers Sea Rod (Eunicea palmeri)
7: Bill Mitsch Mangrove Tree Crab (Aratus pisonii)
9: Lovers Key IO Moth (Automeris io)
Fargo’s Worm Shell (Vermicularia fargoi)
Shark Eye Shell (Neverita duplicate)
Turkey Wing Ark Clam (Arca zebra )
Horseshoe Crab (Limulus polyphemus)  NT U
Day Amphibians and reptiles
1: Travel Mediterranean Gecko (Hemidactylus turcicus) LC I
2: Merritt Alligator (Alligator mississippiensis) LC U
Pygmy Rattlesnake (Sistrurus miliarius) LC S
Turtle spp.
Brown Anole (Anolis sagrei)
3: LILA Northern Curly-Tailed Lizard (Leiocephalus carinatus ) LC U
Southern Cricket Frog (Acris gryllus) LC S
Green Tree Frog (Litoria caerulea) LC S
4: Bird ring Eastern Ribbon Snake (Thamnophis sauritus)
6: Florida Keys Green Iguana (Iguana iguana)
7: Bill Mitsch Green Anole (Anolis carolinensis) LC S
8: Corkscrew Gopher Tortoise (Gopherus polyphemus) VU U
Day Fish
2: Merritt Mullet spp.
6: Florida Keys Yellowtail Snapper (Ocyurus chrysurus)
Rock Beauty (Holacanthus tricolor) LC S
Great Barracouda (Sphyraena barracuda) LC U
Queen Parrotfish (Scarus vetula) LC U
Stoplight Parrotfish (Sparisoma viride) LC U
Blue Tang (Acanthurus coeruleus) LC S
Jellyfish spp.
Fish Jumping (unsure)
Spotted Trunkfish (Lactophrys bicaudalis) LC U
Spotfin Butterfly Fish (Chaetodon ocellatus) LC S
7: Bill Mitsch Sheepshead fish (Archosargus probatocephalus) LC S
Day Mammal
2: Merritt Manatee (Syringodium filiforme) LC S
Nine Banded Armadillo (Dasypus novemcinctus) LC S
Virginia Opossum (Didelphis virginiana) LC I
4: Bird ring Racoon (Procyon lotor ) LC I
5: Big cypress Wild  Boar*dead (Sus scrofa) LC U