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The vertebrate fauna of Ichauway, Baker County, GA

Southeastern Naturalist

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Abstract

Less than 4% of the once extensive Pinus palustris (longleaf pine) ecosystem remains today. Although longleaf pine habitats are recognized for their high species diversity, few published accounts document the vertebrate faunas of remaining tracts. Here we report on the vertebrate species richness of lchauway, an 11,300-ha property in Baker County, GA. The property includes ca. 7300 ha of longleaf pine with native ground cover, along with more than 30 seasonal wetlands and ca. 45 km of riparian habitat associated with Ichawaynochaway Creek, Big Cypress Creek, and the Flint River. The fauna includes 61 species of fish, 31 amphibians, 53 reptiles, 191 birds, and 41 mammals. Despite the relative isolation of the property from other natural ecosystems, the vertebrate fauna of lchauway is remarkably diverse and may offer an example of reference conditions to guide restoration of longleaf pine forests, associated seasonal wetlands, and riparian areas elsewhere in the southeastern U S.

Additional Publication Details

Publication type:
Article
Publication Subtype:
Journal Article
Title:
The vertebrate fauna of Ichauway, Baker County, GA
Series title:
Southeastern Naturalist
Volume
5
Issue:
4
Year Published:
2006
Language:
English
Contributing office(s):
Patuxent Wildlife Research Center
Description:
599-620
Larger Work Type:
Article
Larger Work Subtype:
Journal Article
Larger Work Title:
Southeastern Naturalist
First page:
599
Last page:
620
Number of Pages:
22