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Title: Species profile : Gopher tortoise (Gopherus polyphemus) on military installations in the Southeastern United States
Authors: University of South Florida. Department of Biology.
Strategic Environmental Research and Development Program (U.S.)
Wilson, Dawn S.
Mushinsky, Henry R.
Fischer, Richard A. (Richard Alvin), 1964-
Keywords: DoD installations
Plant communities
Threatened and Endangered species
Gopher tortoise
Military bases
Management techniques
Species profile
Issue Date: Sep-1997
Publisher: Environmental Laboratory (U.S.)
Engineer Research and Development Center (U.S.)
Description: Technical Report
Abstract: The gopher tortoise (Gopherus polyphemus) is the only tortoise that occurs east of the Mississippi River. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has separated the species into two main populations. The western population (southwest Mississippi and southeast Louisiana) is Federally listed as threatened; the eastern population, which occurs in southern Alabama and Georgia, extreme southwestern South Carolina, and most of Florida, is a former candidate for listing as threatened. Gopher tortoises occupy a wide range of open, upland habitats with a well-drained, deep sandy substrate, primarily longleaf pine-xerophytic oak woodlands (sandhills). They have been documented on several military installations in the Southeast. This report is one of a series of “Species Profiles” being developed for threatened, endangered, and sensitive species inhabiting southeastern United States plant communities. The work is being conducted as part of the Department of Defense (DoD) Strategic Environmental Research and Development Program (SERDP). The report is designed to supplement information provided in plant community management reports for major United States plant communities found on military installations. Information provided on the gopher tortoise includes status, life history and ecology, habitat requirements, impacts and cause of decline, management and protection, and inventory and monitoring.
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