GCU's All Taxa Biodiversity Inventory
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Welcome to the Georgian Court University Biology Programs' All Taxa Biodiversity Inventory! This web page was launched in September, 1999. The goal of this site is to create a list of the species that live or spend substantial amounts of time on our 152 acre campus, which will increase awareness and appreciation of the diversity of lifeforms that coexist with the Homo sapiens members of the GC community. For the most part, this listing excludes species found indoors. This fun, informal project will never be complete, as it has been said that no one has ever identified all the life forms living in as small of an area as that occupied by a gram of soil! Contributions to this site by any member of the college community are welcomed, and may be sent by an e-mail message to Dr. Michael Gross that includes the name of the species seen, when, and where. Our campus is located in the New Jersey Pinelands (Pine Barrens). However, because the Gould family brought in topsoil and exotic plants from many areas of the world, we have both native New Jersey Pine Barrens species, and introduced species.
So what are those organisms on the top of this page? Well, next to the animated hummingbird are some tent caterpillars, a praying mantid, and the fungus (identification courtesy of Rod Tulloss) Amanita flavorubens .
Obviously, one of the factors determining which organisms we have on campus is our climate. For federal government climate classification purposes, we are in southern New Jersey, along with the rest of the New Jersey Pinelands. Here's a summary of recent temperature and precipitation data for southern New Jersey.
Many thanks to the following members of Dr. Wootton's Fall
1999 Zoology course for their numerous contributions to our data set: Jennifer
Monteleone, Lisa Grubby, Sophie Chai, Rosemary Long, Summer Giles, Heather Reck, Courtney
Hurley, Jan Devaney, Elena Pappas, Jen Kester, Cherie Griffith, and Leslie McPherson.
Thanks also to botanist Linda Kelly, who located our eastern population of Spiranthes tuberosa (little ladies' tresses orchid), a species with an S3 designation on the State of New Jersey's List of Endangered Plant Species and Plant Species of Concern.
Numbers listed in parentheses are the approximate number of taxa that have been identified to date.
Phylum Chordata (46)
Class Insecta (74)
Members of Other Classes (18)
Phylum Annelida (4)
Phylum Mollusca (11)
Phylum Anthophyta, Flowering Plants
Phylum Coniferophyta, Conifers (although not flowering plants, these are included in Woody total above)
Phylum Ginkgophyta, Ginkgo (although not flowering plants, these are included in Woody total above)
Phylum Cycadophyta, Cycads
Phylum Pterophyta, Ferns (6)
Phylum Sphenophyta, Horsetails (1)
Phylum Lycophyta, Lycophytes
Phylum Psilotophyta, Psilotophytes
Phylum Bryophyta, Mosses
Phylum Anthocerophyta, Hornworts
Phylum Hepatophyta, Liverworts
Phylum Basidiomycotina (2)
Phylum Ascomycotina (1)
Other ATBI and biodiversity sites of interest:
Great Smoky Mountains National Park's ATBI
Social and Historic Resources of Roosevelt, New Jersey
Peabody Park Biological Survey
Believe it or not these are fungi, most likely of the family Boletaceae!