shervette higher vertebrates use of estuaries STUDENTS

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1 • Reptiles: turtles, _______, crocodiles, _______ • Birds – _________ – _________ • __________ – Marine mammals: seals, otters, ________, dolphins – Terrestrial mammals: _____, _______, _________ Higher Vertebrates in Estuaries Reptiles _________________ _________________ ______________________ __________ ___________
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2 Terrestrial mammals ________ _______ ________ Armadillo ______________ Nutria __________ Armadillos in Weeks Bay, AL Manatees in Weeks Bay, AL
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3 Raccoons in Weeks Bay, AL Marine mammals ______________ ________ ______________ _________
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4 Resident birds ___________ _______ ___________ ______________ ____________ Brown Pelican Caspian tern White pelican Migratory birds ________ _____________ _______ _________
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5 ____________________ Implications of Salinity • Species specific distribution patterns along salinity gradient • Ontogenetic changes in salinity tolerance – Young crocodile, Asian river turtles and alligators require low salinity, adults live in high salinity regions • Changes in diet – Sora eats seeds in fresh marsh, insects in more brackish marsh Sora Alligator
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6 Salinity effects on mammal usage in marshes • Deer and Nutria, predominantly in fresh marsh • Swamp rabbits in intermediate marshes • Muskrats in brackish marsh
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