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20 February 2020 A Striped Newt Population at the Southern Extent of its Range in Osceola County, Florida
Kevin M. Enge, James C. Blush, Jason Hickson, Amanda Lee, Sara Miller
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We discovered Notophthalmus perstriatus (Striped Newt) in 9 wetlands on Triple N Ranch Wildlife Management Area in Osceola County, FL, 57 km south of the nearest known breeding pond. Predominant habitats within 300 m of breeding ponds are mesic flatwoods (44%), dry prairie (24%), scrubby flatwoods (11%), and wet prairie (10%). One pond is 425 m from the nearest patch of xeric habitat (scrub or scrubby flatwoods), and 4 xeric upland patches closest to breeding ponds are 2 ha or smaller, suggesting that some newts may reside in surrounding atypical mesic habitats. Five breeding ponds are relatively large (>0.8 ha), and 7 ponds contained 3 or 4 fish species. Existing prescribed fire practices are apparently favorable for survival of 3 possible metapopulations.

Kevin M. Enge, James C. Blush, Jason Hickson, Amanda Lee, and Sara Miller "A Striped Newt Population at the Southern Extent of its Range in Osceola County, Florida," Southeastern Naturalist 19(1), 62-73, (20 February 2020). https://doi.org/10.1656/058.019.0107
Published: 20 February 2020
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