Scrub and High Pine

Vertebruh (Zander and Daniel)

Ecosystem-Scrub and High Pine

Scrub and High Pine are sandy, droughty, and low fertile places. They are located on hilly uplands. The Florida scrub is spreaded throughout the state. Scrub and High pine is protected by our government. Goff's pocket gopher is one of of the most endangered animals in the scrub and high pine here in Florida. In FL we find it interesting that the scrub and high pine is only located throughout FL. In the scrub and high pine it can be very fun to look at all the birds and animals.

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Some Organisms in Ecosystem (Biotic)

American Kestrel: Falco sparverius

Black bear: Ursus americanus

Bobcat: Lynx rufus----------------------------------------------------------------->

Bracken Fern: Family Dennstaedtiaceae

Brown-headed nuthatch: Sitta pusilla

Clasping Warea: Warea amplexifolia

Coachwhip: Masticophis flagellum

Common Ground-dove: Columbina passerina

Eastern Bluebird: Sialia sialis

Eastern indigo snake: Drymarchon corais couperi

Eastern Spadefoot toad: Scaphiopus holbrookii

Eastern towhee: Pipilo erythrophthalmus

Fetterbush: Lyonia lucida

Florida Goldenaster: Chrysopsis floridana

Florida pine snake: Pituophis melanoleucus mugitus

Florida Scrub Jay: Aphelocoma

Abiotic Factors

Scrub and High Pine is a terrestrial ecosystem. Scrub soils are

practically devoid of organic matter, silt and clay.It rarely gets cold and sometimes reached temperatures above 90 degrees. Scrub is maintained by fires that burn the plants to the ground at intermediate intervals of 30-75 years or so.

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The Bobcat

Domain Name:eukaryotic

Kingdom name:Animalia

Phylum:Chordata

Class:Mammalia

Order:Carnivora

Family:Felidae

Genus:Lynx

Species:Lynx Rufus

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Human Impacts

Scrub ecosystems are rare, and after a loss of agriculture, they are now mainly threatened by the real-estate business. There are also fires that happen in scrub and high pine environments, destroying the habitat of many animals and destroying the ecosystem all in itself.

Water

There is not much water or precipitation. It rains less than 1300 mm a year. The rain water drains through soil and supplies aquifer. Most scrub plants do not have long taproots - the water table is too far below the sandy surface; instead, their roots are massed near the surface to take advantage of condensation and Florida's brief afternoon thunderstorms. Because there is no tree canopy in scrub, temperatures drop rapidly when the sun goes down and that causes moisture to condense on the leaves. The moisture then falls in drops right above the roots.