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Niche partitioning in sympatric Sarracenia species at Splinter Hill Bog Preserve, Baldwin County, Alabama

Jacquelyn S. Howell and Ashley B. Morris

Carniv. Pl. Newslett. 45(1):12-18
Published March 2016

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Abstract

With anthropogenic influences limiting and fractioning wetlands, it is imperative to understand niche partitioning in keystone species. Sarracenia (Sarraceniaceae), a genus of carnivorous plants, are ecologically important species found in wetlands along the eastern coast of the United States. Species diversity of this genus is highest in the southeast, particularly along the Gulf Coast where they are found primarily in longleaf pine savannas. This study aims to identify underlying causes driving niche partitioning, specifically exploring water table elevation and soil type as potential sources. Splinter Hill Bog Preserve, located in northeastern Baldwin County, Alabama, served as the study site for this work. Findings indicated small, but significant correlations between soil type and species distribution, as well as between soil type and water table elevation.

Keywords: Ecology, Sarracenia, Splinter Hill Bog Preserve, Alabama

Article Citation

Jacquelyn S. Howell and Ashley B. Morris. 2016. Niche partitioning in sympatric Sarracenia species at Splinter Hill Bog Preserve, Baldwin County, Alabama. Carniv. Pl. Newslett. 45(1):12-18.

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