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Calyptrate Flies Zoosubsection Calyptratae

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dbm524

Date

April 14, 2017 03:17 PM CDT

Description

This animal is an insect. It is classified under the phylum Arthropoda, subphylum Hexapoda, and the order Diptera. This species has one pair of wings used for flight that are translucent. The body of this insect as three regions, the head, thorax(where the wings are located) and the abdomen. The abdomen and thorax are grey in color and have black stripes that run vertically on the dorsal side of the regions. The head contains two large compound eyes that are orange in color. Along with the eyes the head has mouth parts used for feeding. In addition since this insect falls under the Hexapoda subphylum it has six legs.

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Wheel Bug Arilus cristatus

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dbm524

Date

April 14, 2017 03:12 PM CDT

Description

This animal is a spider. It is an invertebrate meaning it does't have a bony vertebral column. The spider is classified under the phylum Arthropoda under the group called Arachnid. This species has six pairs of appendages and two body parts called the cephalothorax and abdomen. The cephalothorax has the pair of chelicerae which are claw-like feeding appendages. This feature gives rise to the subphylum name of spiders of Cheliceriforms. The chelicerae, the other appendages and the cephalothorax are black in color. The abdomen of this spider has a dark orange color with black lines crossing it in the middle.

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Asian Tramp Snail Bradybaena similaris

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dbm524

Date

April 14, 2017 02:57 PM CDT

Description

This is species is a Mollusc. The only visible portion of the animal in this picture is the shell. Molluscs are invertebrates which means that it lacks a bony vertebral column. It is classified under the phylum Mollusca and the class Gastropoda. The mantle is the body part of this Mollusc that secretes the hard protective shell that protects the rest of the soft body parts of the animal. This shell is a light grey and light brown color that is in a coiled shape.

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Great-tailed Grackle Quiscalus mexicanus

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dbm524

Date

April 9, 2017 03:30 PM CDT

Description

This is a bird species. It is a vertebrate which means that it has a bony vertebral column. It has wings and feathers which have a black color. It also as a very large tail. Birds eyes have acute vision and this species of bird has eyes that are yellow. In addition, this bird has two feet with three toes and claws to enable the bird to perch as it is in the picture. The beak of this bird species is long, thin and pointed at the apex.

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Heavenly Bamboo Nandina domestica

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dbm524

Date

April 9, 2017 02:55 PM CDT

Description

This is a vascular plant species. It has green stems that attach to the leaves. The leaves are also green and are a simple leaf that has an oval shape and pointed at the tip. It has a petiole that runs down the middle of the leaf and veins branching off of it. In addition, this plant has "red berry" like structures which contain the reproductive structures of the plant.

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Pearl Crescent Phyciodes tharos

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dbm524

Date

April 9, 2017 03:10 PM CDT

Description

The species is an insect. The order to which this species belongs is Lepidoptera. The insect has three body regions; the head, thorax, and abdomen. From the thorax, this butterfly has two pairs of wings. The wings have different patterns consisting of the colors grey, orange and black. The head consists of two large compound eyes to locate flowers and two antennae. This is the adult form of this insect that have undergone complete metamorphosis.

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Northern Cardinal Cardinalis cardinalis

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dbm524

Date

April 9, 2017 03:01 PM CDT

Description

This is a bird species. The body is made of feathers that are red in color. The face of this bird is black and has a yellow beak.

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Ants Family Formicidae

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dbm524

Date

April 9, 2017 02:51 PM CDT

Description

This ant species has six legs making it a hexapod. The head and thorax are brown in color. The posterior portion of the body is black.

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dbm524

Date

April 9, 2017 02:44 PM CDT

Description

This is an insect species. It has six legs that are brown in color. The body of the insect has a emerald color. It has two pair of wings. The outer wings are stiff while the inner wings are membranous. This is the adult form of the beetle due to complete metamorphosis.

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Ashe Juniper Juniperus ashei

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dbm524

Date

April 9, 2017 02:48 PM CDT

Description

This is a vascular plant species. The leaves of this plant do not have blades but have green needles. It has a large trunk with secondary growth in the form of brown bark. This is a gymnosperm because it doesn't have a flowering reproductive structure but through male and female cones.

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Blewit Lepista nuda

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dbm524

Date

April 9, 2017 02:34 PM CDT

Description

This species is a "club" fungus of the phylum Basidiomycota. This visible portion of this fungi is the white Basidiocarp. The basidiocarp is the spore producing structure of the fungi. It is called the club fungi because of the shape of the spore producing structure.

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Fungi Including Lichens Kingdom Fungi

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dbm524

Date

April 9, 2017 02:31 PM CDT

Description

The visible portion of this fungi is the ascocarp. This is the defining feature of the Ascomycetes. They produce their spores in the asci located in the fruiting body of the ascocarp. It looks like a sac and that is why the Ascomycetes are also called the "sac fungi". This sac fungi has a depression in the ascocarp that is white in color and the edges of the sac are brown. This is where the spores are produced.

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True Mosses Class Bryopsida

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dbm524

Date

April 9, 2017 02:52 PM CDT

Description

The green portion of this species is the dominate stage Gametophyte. They lack vascular tissue which contributes to the small size of the plant. The Sporophyte generation is attached to the gametophyte. It has a brown stalk called a seta with a capsule attached at the end of the seta. Here is where the spores are produced and released from the peristome at the end of the capsule.

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Texas Mountain Laurel Dermatophyllum secundiflorum

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dbm524

Date

April 9, 2017 02:20 PM CDT

Description

This plant species has secondary growth consistent with woody developments. The leaves are green and in an oval shape. The stems attached to these leaves are also green in color. The type of leaf is a simple design with a net like network of veins. This reveals that this plant is a dicot.

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False Dayflower Tinantia anomala

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dbm524

Date

April 9, 2017 02:18 PM CDT

Description

This plant species is an angiosperm. The reproductive structure of this plant is a flower. It has a three petals that have a purplish hue. In the middle of the flower you can see the male reproductive structures of the plant with two filaments, each with an anther that creates pollen grains. In between the two stamens you can see the carpel which produces the female gametophytes. The non-reproductive leaves are green in color. It is a simple leaf with parallel veins as the vascular system. This plant is a monocot because of the petal structure and leaf structure.

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Ashe Juniper Juniperus ashei

Observer

dbm524

Date

April 9, 2017 02:17 PM CDT

Description

This plant species has woody stems and green needle like leaves. The "berry" in the upper portion of the photo is actually a female cone. Since it doesn't have flowers as it reproductive structure and uses cones for reproduction this is a gymnosperm.

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Common Hedge Parsley Torilis arvensis

Observer

dbm524

Date

April 9, 2017 02:16 PM CDT

Description

The species being studied is the flowering plant with white petals. This species would be classified as an angiosperm because the reproductive structure has flowers. They have thin stems. Petals are arranged in groups of five so it is a dicot.

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Curve-leaf Yucca Yucca recurvifolia

Observer

dbm524

Date

April 7, 2017 02:05 PM CDT

Description

This plant is an angiosperm. The leaves are the storage type which aids in them storing water. They are green in color and radiating outward from the central stem. In the center of the picture there appears to be the formation of the reproductive flowers emerging. They have a white and pink color.

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Texas Bluebonnet Lupinus texensis

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dbm524

Date

April 7, 2017 02:02 PM CDT

Description

This species is an angiosperm. It's flowers are blue, compound and arranged in 5-7 petal configuration. It has other non-reproductive leaves that are green in color.

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Engelmann's Prickly Pear Opuntia engelmannii

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dbm524

Date

April 7, 2017 02:00 PM CDT

Description

This species of plant contains modified leaves called spines. This is where the carry out photosynthesis. The rounded green structures are the stem. They are enlarged compared to other plants because they are adapted to store water. In addition this species contain Areoles which appear as hair like extensions that form the spines and the flowers of the cactus.

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