The east coast of Florida is formed mainly by eroded
relict dune lines and broad marine terraces, as well as
the present barrier islands. Behind the barrier islands,
is a lagoon system, including Mosquito Lagoon.
Mosquito Lagoon gets most of its freshwater from surface
runoff, but its watershed is substantially altered by
canals and mosquito ditches.
Mosquito Lagoon Aquatic Preserve contains
mostly estuarine natural communities and those
associated with estuaries.
Fiddler crabs are keystone species.
Mosquito Lagoon Aquatic Preserve supports a diverse array of
tolerate a wide salinity range, from fresh to estuarine.
Listed Species The preserve provides valuable habitat and protection for 28 animal and
65 plant species that are
listed as endangered, threatened, of special concern or
by Florida Areas Natural Inventory.
Invasive Species Several non-native species are threats to the ecosystem
of Mosquito Lagoon Aquatic Preserve.