Habitats of North Carolina
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Longleaf Pine Woodlands
Xeric-Mesic, Sandy Woodlands and Scrub
General Description Members of this habitat include species of oaks (Quercus) that are restricted to sand ridge habitats in the Coastal Plain, along with a set of the herbivores that are strongly associated with them.

Turkey Oak (Quercus laevis) is adapted to deep sands and highly xeric soil conditions. The other oaks, however, are more associated with pockets of clay or loammy soils imbedded in the sands and with somewhat more mesic soil moisture. All are adapted to frequent wild fires. The root systems and seeds of the plants survive below ground and resprout following a burn. The animal members of this habitat probably do not survive a fire directly, but instead rely on re-colonization from unburned refugia to maintain their populations within these habitats.

This habitat intersects the General Longleaf Pine habitat, the Sand Ridge Herb and Grassland habitat, as well as the habitats defined by more generalized oaks, pines, and their associated animal species, and the species associated primarily with the sandy substrates themselves.

Abiotic Factors
Biotic Structure
Co-evolved Species Groups Phagic and Competitory Symbioses:
Psammophytic Oak Species // Acronicta brumosa-Catocala jair-Dasychira leucophaea-Heterocampa varia-Hyperstrotia aetheria-Hypomecis buchholzaria-Lagoa pyxidifera-Phoberia ingenua
Psammophytic Hawthorn Species // Catocala grisatra

Determining Species
Taxa Global RankState RankProbability of Extirpation (PE)
Acronicta brumosa - Charred Dagger G4S40.0007
Catocala grisatra - Grisatra Underwing G1G3S1S20.1284
Catocala jair - Jair Underwing G4S20.0460
Dasychira leucophaea G4S2S30.0164
Hemeroplanis habitalis - Black-dotted Hemeroplanis Moth GNRS3S40.0020
Heterocampa varia G3G4S1S20.1284
Hyperstrotia aetheria GNRS30.0058
Hypomecis buchholzaria - Buchholz's Hypomecis G3G4S1S20.1284
Lagoa pyxidifera - Yellow Flannel Moth G4G5S2S30.0164
Phoberia ingenua G3G4S3S40.0020
Pseudanthracia coracias - Pseudanthracia Moth G4S3S40.0020
Zale lunifera - Barrens Zale G3G4SU0.0020
Amblycorypha arenicola - Sandhill Virtuoso Katydid GNRS2S30.0164
Amblycorypha bartrami - Bartram's Round-Winged Katydid GNRS2S30.0164
Pictonemobius hubbelli - Hubbell's Ground Cricket GNRS1S30.0460
Crataegus florens - Mississippi Hawthorn GNRS20.0460
Crataegus furtiva - Albany Hawthorn G3G5S20.0460
Crataegus lassa - Sandhill Hawthorn G4G5S30.0058
Crataegus munda - Dwarf Hawthorn G4G5S20.0460
Crataegus quaesita - Gulf Hawthorn GNRS10.3584
Crataegus visenda - Bristol Hawthorn GNRS30.0058
Crataegus ravenelii - Ravenel's Hawthorn GNRS40.0007
Quercus elliottii - Running Oak G3G5S20.0460
Quercus incana - Bluejack Oak G5S40.0007
Quercus laevis - Turkey Oak G5S50.00
Quercus margaretiae - Sand Post Oak G5S40.0007
Quercus minima - Dwarf Live Oak G5S10.3584
Expected Number of Extirpations with a PE value (Sum of PE) = 1.4718
N = Number of Extant Species with a PE value = 26
Average PE = ENE/N = 0.0566
Number of S5 species = 1
Proportion of Secure Species = Number of S5 Species/N = 0.0385
Habitat Risk Index = ENE x (1 – PSS) = 1.4151

Estimated Risk to the Determining Species
Estimated Security of the Habitat
Index of Habitat Imperilment
Identified Risks
Observed Trends
Distribution Map
Major Conservation Reserves
Priority Areas for Surveys and Conservation Protection
Stewardship and Management Recommendations
References Sorrie, B.A., 2011. A field guide to wildflowers of the Sandhills Region: North Carolina, South Carolina, and Georgia. Univ of North Carolina Press.
Updated on 2022-01-01 00:11:34