Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Eastern Pondhawk

At the Marie Selby Botanical Gardens in Sarasota, Florida, we once again identified Eastern Pondhawks. In a recent post I wrote about this abundant species. In the United States, Eastern Pondhawks are found throughout the eastern states, west to easternmost New Mexico and Colorado. A similar species, the Western Pondhawk, is found from there across to California and north to the Pacific Northwest. In the small area of overlap, intermediate forms exist. This apparent hybridization makes some scientists think these two populations are actually subspecies, and they call the combined populations Common Pondhawks. I will show you a photo of a Western Pondhawk in a future post.

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