To get the ball rolling I have produced a “no brainer” list of expected species from the area with the realization that there will be others added. The development of a “potential species” list is intended to foster interest in “filling in the holes” on what is now an all but clean slate. I have included a couple of land mammals that frequent the shoreline, the raccoon and the introduced brown rat, and others can be added as we build the list. Hopefully the expanded list will prove useful to photographers as it also will serve as a defacto “life list” for each photographer shooting in the area. Because we are always happy to see (and post, if given permission) photos, especially those documenting different sexes, color phases, size classes, and behaviors, and there’s always a “better shot,” please don’t feel disinclined to forward your shots just because others have already “checked off” the species. I’d love to see everyone’s initials after each species! We’ll update this list periodically – thanks for all your contributions.
The list is presented in taxonomic order, the standard scientific format, as a learning tool for more casual viewers – from this order one can appreciate evolutionary relationships. Species occurring in LWL verified by photographs forwarded to the Florida Museum of Natural History are notes as ‘verified’. Contributing photographers are credited for each species they have documented.
George Burgess, 1 June 2013
|Order||Family||Taxonomic name||Common name||Photographer||Comments||Verified|
|Cetacea||Delphinidae||Tursiops truncatus||common bottlenose dolphin|
|Sirenia||Trichechidae||Trichechus manatus||West Indian manatee||SM||x|
|Rodentia||Muridae||Rattus norwegicus||brown rat|