There is quite a diverse array of species to study at OSBS. Efforts to identify and catalogue species have been ongoing since the Station’s inception. There are over 700 plant taxa along with their DNA barcodes that have been entered in to the FLMNH Herbarium. 284 vertebrate species have also been cataloged for the Station. The Florida mouse, Sherman fox squirrel, gopher tortoise, striped newt, rosemary wolf spider, bald eagle, gopher frog, and black bear are some examples of species that frequent the site. Due to the wide-array of diversity, identification and collection of invertebrate species is ongoing.
- Amphibians (27)
- Repitles (45)
- Birds (149)
- Fishes (26)
- Mammals (37)
- Ants (101)
- Beetles (84)
- Grasshoppers (31)
- Lepidoptera (488)
- Gastropods (8)
Herbarium Collection & DNA Barcoding
The Station’s plant collections are stored at the Florida Museum of Natural History’s Herbarium.
Efforts to include species DNA barcode are also ongoing and can be accessed through the
Barcode of Life Database (BOLD). BOLD
is an informatics database aiding the acquisition, storage, analysis, and publication of DNA
OSBS’s voucher specimens are being included into the
Digitized Biocollections (iDigBio), the
National Resource for Advancing Digitization of Biodiversity Collections (ADBC) funded by the
National Science Foundation. OSBS’s contributions are being organized and managed through the
Florida Museum of Natural History.