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Coastal Plain Herbaceous Ponds and Sloughs

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Habitat Overview Includes permanent ponds and sloughs in the Coastal Plain that support dense masses of floating and submerged aquatic plants. Many of the sites occupied by this habitat represent natural depression ponds, including Carolina Bays, limesink ponds, and interdune ponds. Also included are beaver ponds, old mill ponds, borrow pits, and other shallow man-made ponds.

All are open and very sunny, a critical factor for the high diversity of aquatic plants that are the Defining Species of this habitat. Swamp forests generally do not have enough insolation to support a high biomass of aquatic plants, and are therefore not included. The Coastal Plain Sluggish Waters habitat intersects this habitat but also intersects swamp forests and is likewise treated separately.

This particular habitat is limited to the Coastal Plain, with the Defining Species found only or predominately in that region. The General Herbaceous Ponds habitat intersects this habitat but also extends across the Piedmont and into the Mountains.

Related NHP Natural Communities
Defining Species
Taxa Global RankState RankImperilment ScoreHabitat Risk Index
Celithemis amanda - Amanda's Pennant G5S51.000.0000
Celithemis bertha - Red-veined Pennant G5S41.000.2500
Enallagma concisum - Cherry Bluet G4S3S41.270.3750
Enallagma dubium - Burgundy Bluet G5S41.000.2500
Enallagma minusculum - Little Bluet G4SE
Enallagma sulcatum - Golden Bluet G4SR
Phanogomphus australis - Clearlake Clubtail G4S23.330.6650
Ceratophyllum australe - Southern Hornwort GNRS15.390.8300
Ceratophyllum echinatum - Spineless Hornwort G4S23.330.6650
Hottonia inflata - American Featherfoil G4S16.330.8300
Lemna aequinoctialis - Lesser Duckweed G5S31.490.5000
Lemna obscura - Little Duckweed G5S31.490.5000
Limnobium spongia - American Frog's-bit G4S2S32.420.5825
Myriophyllum heterophyllum - Variable-leaf Water-milfoil G5S31.490.5000
Myriophyllum laxum - Loose Water-milfoil G3S210.080.6650
Myriophyllum pinnatum - Cutleaf Water-milfoil G5S15.390.8300
Myriophyllum tenellum - Slender Water-milfoil G5S15.390.8300
Nymphoides aquatica - Big Floating-heart G5S31.490.5000
Nymphoides cordata - Little Floating-heart G5S22.840.6650
Potamogeton confervoides - Alga-like Pondweed G4S23.330.6650
Potamogeton illinoensis - Illinois Pondweed G5S15.390.8300
Potamogeton perfoliatus - Clasping-leaf Pondweed G5S31.490.5000
Utricularia biflora - Two-flower Bladderwort GNAS40.2500
Utricularia floridana - Florida Yellow Bladderwort G3G5SH6.330.9150
Utricularia inflata - Swollen Bladderwort G5S31.490.5000
Utricularia macrorhiza - Common Bladderwort G5S15.390.8300
Utricularia olivacea - Dwarf Bladderwort G4S23.330.6650
Utricularia purpurea - Eastern Purple Bladderwort G5S31.490.5000
Utricularia radiata - Floating Bladderwort G4S31.750.5000
Utricularia striata - Striped Bladderwort G4G5S31.620.5000
Parapoynx allionealis - Watermilfoil Leafcutter Moth GNRS3S41.080.3750
Parapoynx obscuralis - Obscure Pondweed Moth GNRSU1.490.3750
Parapoynx seminealis - Floating-Heart Waterlily Moth GNRS3S41.080.3750
Pseudemys rubriventris - Northern Red-bellied Cooter G5S41.000.2500
Sum: 90.99
ENE Value of 18.0475 * (1 - # of S5: 1 / # Species 31) = 17.47
Average of 31: 2.94

Phagic and Competitory Symbioses: (Myriophyllum species/Parapoynx allionealis)

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Updated on 2020-01-07 23:24:22