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Persimmon Copses
Habitat Overview This widespread habitat is based on a symbiotic complex composed of Persimmons and their obligate herbivores.

Along with Sassafras, Persimmon is one of the most common woody species in early successional habitats but it also occurs in both dry-to-xeric woodlands and wet-to-mesic bottomlands. Although most often seen as a shrub or small tree, in mature bottomlands, extremely large individuals can be found that project well up into the canopy.

For the herbivores, the presence of Persimmon is the determining habitat factor.

Related NHP Natural Communities Persimmon is not a dominant in any of the NHP Natural Community types (Schafale and Weakley, 1990; Schafale, 2012), and is mentioned as only a minor component of the Maritime Dry Grassland (Northern Subtype) community (Schafale, 2012). The old fields where Persimmon is an important woody component are not included a a distinct, persistent community type.

Determining Species
Taxa Global RankState RankProbability of Extirpation (PE)
Coptodisca diospyriella - Persimmon Leaf Miner GNRSU0.002022762
Eumarozia malachitana - Sculptured Moth GNRS3S40.002022762
Exelis pyrolaria - Fine-lined Gray Moth G4S40.000662364
Hypsoropha hormos - Small Necklace Moth G5S50.000000000
Hypsoropha monilis - Large Necklace Moth G5S4S50.000174766
Sannina uroceriformis - Persimmon Borer Moth GNRSH0.000000000
Diospyros virginiana - American Persimmon G5S50.000000000
Expected Number of Extirpations (Sum of PE) = 0.0
Number of Ranked Species (N) = 7
Average PE = ENE/N = 0.001
Proportion of Secure Species = Number of S5 Species/N = 0.28571428571429
Habitat Risk Index = ENE x (1 – PSS) = 0.0

Phagic and Competitory Symbioses: (Diospyros virginiana/Coptodisca diospyriella-Hypsoropha hormos-Hypsoropha monilis-Sannina uroceriformis)

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Updated on 2020-04-25 00:31:35