The Limpkin (Aramus guarauna) is a medium-sized wading bird found in peninsular Florida and Central and South America, whose distribution is strongly tied to the presence of apple snails (genus Pomacea). Historically, Limpkins have been infrequently observed in the lower Apalachicola-Chattahoochee-Flint (ACF) watershed, including Lake Seminole, the most downstream reservoir in the system. In the past decade in Lake Seminole, a rapid increase in the nonnative P. maculata has been documented. In 2016, a Limpkin was observed in the lake, and we made efforts to document all subsequent Limpkin observations there. In the following year, we observed Limpkins (including several mating pairs) each month from February to July 2017. Limpkins were only observed in the Flint River section of the reservoir, the same area where the greatest abundance of P. maculata has been documented. We hypothesize the rapid increase of P. maculata is responsible for the recent regular Limpkin observations at the lake because observations of Limpkins prior to the recent expansion of P. maculata were rare and infrequent. Apple snails are likely to expand within the southeastern United States in the future, thereby creating additional suitable habitat for Limpkins and other specialist avian predators of apple snails.
You have requested a machine translation of selected content from our databases. This functionality is provided solely for your convenience and is in no way intended to replace human translation. Neither BioOne nor the owners and publishers of the content make, and they explicitly disclaim, any express or implied representations or warranties of any kind, including, without limitation, representations and warranties as to the functionality of the translation feature or the accuracy or completeness of the translations.
Translations are not retained in our system. Your use of this feature and the translations is subject to all use restrictions contained in the Terms and Conditions of Use of the BioOne website.