Habitats of North Carolina
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Floodplain Forests
General Wet Hardwood Forests
Habitat Overview This habitat is defined by hardwood species associated with river and stream bottomlands whose alluvial soils are wet but not permanently flooded; upland depression swamps sharing the same species -- particularly Willow Oak -- are also included. Additionally included are herbivores that are either obligates on certain of the plant species or that feed on several of them; in some cases, the host plants are unknown but the species show a strong fidelity to bottomland hardwood forests.

This is the most generalized of the habitats associated with floodplains, occurring in at least two of the state's physiographic provinces. Most are associated with brownwater habitats but at least some blackwater floodplains are also occupied in the Coastal Plain.

Related NHP Natural Communities
Determining Species
Taxa Global RankState RankProbability of Extirpation (PE)
Acrobasis carpinivorella GNRS3S40.0020
Acronicta betulae - Birch Dagger GNRS4S50.0002
Cepphis decoloraria - Dark Scallop Moth G4S3S40.0020
Chytolita petrealis - Stone-winged Owlet Moth G5S4S50.0002
Heterogenea shurtleffi - Red-eyed Button Slug Moth GNRS3S40.0020
Hypomecis longipectinaria - Broadly Pectinate Hypomecis G3G4S3S40.0020
Peridea bordeloni - Bordelon's Peridea GNRS3S40.0020
Xanthorhoe lacustrata - Toothed Brown Carpet Moth G5S3S40.0020
Betula nigra - River Birch G5S50.000000000
Carpinus caroliniana - American Hornbeam G5S50.000000000
Quercus michauxii - Swamp Chestnut Oak G5S50.000000000
Quercus pagoda - Cherrybark Oak G5S50.000000000
Quercus phellos - Willow Oak G5S50.000000000
Eratoneura comoides
Eratoneura nigriventer
Oncopsis nigrinasi
Zephyranthes atamasco - Atamasco Lily G4G5S4S50.0002
Expected Number of Extirpations with a PE value (Sum of PE) = 0.0126
N = Number of Extant Species with a PE value = 9
Average PE = ENE/N = 0.0014
Number of S5 species = 5
Proportion of Secure Species = Number of S5 Species/N = 0.5556
Habitat Risk Index = ENE x (1 – PSS) = 0.0056

Phagic and Competitory Symbioses: (Betula nigra/Acronicta betulae-Bucculatrix coronatella-Peridea bordeloni // (Carpinus caroliniana/Acrobasis carpinivorella)

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Updated on 2020-05-26 01:22:35