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Natural Resources of Mosquito Lagoon Aquatic Preserve Quick Topics
Aerial of Mosquito Lagoon
  • Physical Characteristics
    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.
Ditch
  • Hydrology
    Mosquito Lagoon gets most of its freshwater from surface runoff, but its watershed is substantially altered by canals and mosquito ditches.
Red mangroves
  • Natural Communities
    Mosquito Lagoon Aquatic Preserve contains mostly estuarine natural communities and those associated with estuaries.
Fiddler crab

Fiddler crabs are keystone species.

Wildlife
  • Native Species
    Mosquito Lagoon Aquatic Preserve supports a diverse array of species that 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.

 

 

 

Last updated: September 24, 2010

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