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Underwater vent

Physical Features

Rainbow Springs is one of Florida's first magnitude springs and the fourth largest spring in Florida. It discharges an average of 400 million gallons a day and unlike most other major spring runs in Florida the spring discharge comes from several vents that are scattered over the first mile and a half of the run.

Natural Communities

The majority of the aquatic preserve is made up of two natural communities: spring-run stream and blackwater stream. The aquatic preserve is also closely associated with communities of hydric hammock, mesic flatwoods, and floodplain swamps.

Cardinal flower

Wildlife and Plants

Submerged aquatic vegetation (SAV) plays an integral role in providing adequate protection and resources for waterfowl, fish, and other species within Rainbow Springs Aquatic Preserve. The two dominant native species of vegetation within the aquatic preserve are strap-leaf sagittaria (Sagittaria kurziana) and eelgrass (Vallisneria americana), also known as tapegrass.

Approximately 600 species have been recorded in and near the aquatic preserve, including several protected species such as the wood stork (Mycteria americana), limpkin (Aramus guarauna), white ibis (Eudocimus albus), and the American alligator (Alligator mississipiensis).

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Last updated: September 06, 2016

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