Gordon Natural Area

The Biota of the GNA

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Gordon Natural Area

Merion Science Center
Room 010
720 S. Church Street
West Chester, PA 19383

Email: GNA@wcupa.edu

GNA Stewardship Manager

Name: Nur P. Ritter
Email: gna@wcupa.edu
Phone: 610-436-2722

The Biota of the Gordon Natural Area - Home

Despite being an isolated forest fragment encircled by development, the GNA continues to support an impressive biotic diversity. Species lists and accompanying data have been compiled for ten ‘biotic groups’: amphibians and reptiles (aka ‘herptiles’), birds, bryophytes, fish, fungi, invertebrates, lichens, mammals, slime molds, and vascular plants. The checklist for one biotic group, the vascular plants, is considered to be close to comprehensive. Species list for the other biotic groups are far less complete, and in many cases likely represent only a small portion of the species in that group that are actually present at the GNA.

To date, 1,505 species in these 10 groups have been identified in the GNA. In this section of the GNA webpages, we present species checklists for each group, along with observational data and, for many taxa, photographs. Currently, 3,098 photos are included (photos were taken by GNA staff and student interns and by WCU faculty and visitors to the GNA). Slightly more than half of the 1,505 species (808 species; 53.7%) are represented photographically.

Click on the links below, to find out more about a particular group.

You can also find additional information on the biota of the Gordon in the 'Gordon Natural Area Collection' on DigitalCommons.