Habitats of North Carolina
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Coastal Plain Still and Sluggish Waters
Habitat Overview The flat terrain of the Coastal Plain and plentiful rain water from summer storms creates an abundance of swamps, sloughs, ponds, and slow-flowing creeks and rivers; drainage ditches added by humans add to natural habitats and create extensive connections between them. All of these murky, mostly acidic waters are inhabited by a wide range of species that are highly characteristic of the Coastal Plain.

With the exception of the Northern Red-bellied Cooter, these species are all carnivorous or omnivorous; none -- including the Cooter -- are associated with any particular plant species and the aquatic plants found in Coastal Plain are treated in other intersecting habitats.

Related NHP Natural Communities
Determining Species
Taxa Global RankState RankProbability of Extirpation (PE)
Agkistrodon piscivorus - Cottonmouth G5S50.00
Farancia abacura - Red-bellied Mudsnake G5S40.0007
Liodytes pygaea - Black Swampsnake G5S20.0460
Liodytes rigida - Glossy Crayfish Snake G5S20.0460
Nerodia erythrogaster - Red-bellied Watersnake G5S50.00
Nerodia fasciata - Banded Watersnake G5S50.00
Nerodia taxispilota - Brown Watersnake G5S50.00
Alligator mississippiensis - American Alligator G5S30.0058
Amphiuma means - Two-toed Amphiuma G5S40.0007
Necturus punctatus - Dwarf Waterdog G5S50.00
Siren intermedia - Lesser Siren G5S40.0007
Siren lacertina - Greater Siren G5S30.0058
Stereochilus marginatus - Many-lined Salamander G5S30.0058
Lithobates virgatipes
Expected Number of Extirpations with a PE value (Sum of PE) = 0.1115
N = Number of Extant Species with a PE value = 8
Average PE = ENE/N = 0.0139
Number of S5 species = 5
Proportion of Secure Species = Number of S5 Species/N = 0.6250
Habitat Risk Index = ENE x (1 – PSS) = 0.0418

Candidates for Inclusion A large number of fish, ranging from Gar and Bowfin to Flier and Blue-spotted Sunfish are characteristic of this habitat and will be added once a website is created for them. The same is true for crayfish, aquatic snails, and other aquatic invertebrates.

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Average Imperilment of Habitat Members
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High Quality Habitat Occurrences
Protected Habitat Occurrences
Threats and Trends
Status Summary
Stewardship Recommendations
Updated on 2019-10-17 13:38:16