Ganoderma zonatum, 29 December 2014

Ganoderma zonatum, the Zonatum bracket;
Volusia county, Florida; 29 December 2014.
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Ganoderma applanatum, 09 July 2014

Ganoderma applanatum, the Artist’s bracket;
Flagler county, Florida (09 July 2014).
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Phaeotremella foliacea, 12 July 2019

Phaeotremella foliacea, the Leafy brain fungus;
Spartanburg county, South Carolina (12 July 2019).
Learn more about this species at iNaturalist.org.

Tremella mesenterica, 29 April 2013

Tremella mesenterica, the Witch’s butter;
Hamilton county, Florida (29 April 2013).
Also commonly referred to as the Yellow brain fungus
Learn more about this species at iNaturalist.org.

Pantherophis alleghaniensis (Gray), 28 April 2012

Pantherophis alleghaniensis, the Eastern rat snake;
Lowndes county, Georgia (28 April 2012).
Note that some consider Gray-patterned Eastern rat snakes in this area to be Pantherophis spiloides, the Gray rat snake.
Learn more about this complex at iNaturalist.org.

Pantherophis alleghaniensis (Gray), 28 April 2012

Pantherophis alleghaniensis, the Eastern rat snake;
Lowndes county, Georgia (28 April 2012).
Note that some consider Gray-patterned Eastern rat snakes in this area to be Pantherophis spiloides, the Gray rat snake.
Learn more about this complex at iNaturalist.org.

Astropecten articulatus, 18 August 2013

Astropecten articulatus, the Royal starfish (aka the Flat sea star);
Volusia county, Florida (18 August 2013).
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Astropecten articulatus, 18 August 2013

Astropecten articulatus, the Royal starfish (aka the Flat sea star);
Volusia county, Florida (18 August 2013).
Learn more about this species at iNaturalist.org.

The mouth is at the center of the starfish’s ventral side.

Astropecten articulatus, 18 August 2013

Astropecten articulatus, the Royal starfish (aka the Flat sea star);
Volusia county, Florida (18 August 2013).
Learn more about this species at iNaturalist.org.

A close up of this Royal starfish’s madreporite (also known as a sieve plate), essentially the intake valve to draw and filter water into the starfish’s vascular system. 

Astropecten articulatus, 18 August 2013

Astropecten articulatus, the Royal starfish (aka the Flat sea star);
Volusia county, Florida (18 August 2013).
Learn more about this species at iNaturalist.org.

AKtoFL: Denali National Park, Alaska (31 May 2011)

On the Savage River Trail
Denali Borough, Alaska (31 May 2011).
Day 01 of the 2011 Roadtrip from Alaska to Florida (Mile 0253 of 7221).

An excellent outcrop of sorts at Denali National Park. As much as I love Florida, I must admit the rocks and various landscapes of Alaska were truly something to behold. I still miss them. 

AKtoFL: Denali National Park, Alaska (31 May 2011)

On the Savage River Trail
Denali Borough, Alaska (31 May 2011).
Day 01 of the 2011 Roadtrip from Alaska to Florida (Mile 0253 of 7221).

A lovely spill of rocks along a steep slope adjacent to the Savage River Trail in Denali National Park. How many small mammals are hidden in there? 

AKtoFL: Denali National Park, Alaska (31 May 2011)

On the Savage River Trail
Denali Borough, Alaska (31 May 2011).
Day 01 of the 2011 Roadtrip from Alaska to Florida (Mile 0253 of 7221).

An excellent outcrop of rock along the Savage River Trail in Denali National Park. In many ways, the rock in this region of Alaska reminded me a bit of the American (much lower) West. 

AKtoFL: The Savage River Trail, Alaska (31 May 2011)

On the Savage River Trail
Denali Borough, Alaska (31 May 2011).
Day 01 of the 2011 Roadtrip from Alaska to Florida (Mile 0253 of 7221).

A higher perspective of the Savage River Trail winding along and across its namesake. Note the exposed rock formations and spills. The rocks in Denali are spectacular. 

Tremella fuciformis, 25 June 2012

Tremella fuciformis, the Snowy fungus;
Lowndes county, Georgia (25 June 2012).
Learn more about this species at iNaturalist.org.

Tremella fuciformis, 25 June 2012

Tremella fuciformis, the Snowy fungus;
Lowndes county, Georgia (25 June 2012).
Learn more about this species at iNaturalist.org.

Sistrurus miliarius barbouri, 27 September 2015

Sistrurus miliarius barbouri, the Dusky pigmy rattlesnake;
Brevard county, Florida (27 September 2015).
Learn more about this species at iNaturalist.org.

Sistrurus miliarius barbouri, 27 September 2015

Sistrurus miliarius barbouri, the Dusky pigmy rattlesnake;
Brevard county, Florida (27 September 2015).
Learn more about this species at iNaturalist.org.

Gopherus polyphemus, 22 August 2015

Gopherus polyphemus, the Gopher tortoise;
Flagler county, Florida (22 August 2015).
Learn more about this species at iNaturalist.org.

Gopherus polyphemus, 22 August 2015

Gopherus polyphemus, the Gopher tortoise;
Flagler county, Florida (22 August 2015).
Learn more about this species at iNaturalist.org.

Physalia physalis, 20 May 2014

Physalia physalis, the Portuguese man o’ war;
Volusia county, Florida (20 May 2014).
Learn more about this species at iNaturalist.org.

Physalia physalis, 20 May 2014

Physalia physalis, the Portuguese man o’ war;
Volusia county, Florida (20 May 2014).
Learn more about this species at iNaturalist.org.

Porpita porpita, 20 May 2014

Porpita porpita, the Blue button;
Volusia county, Florida (20 May 2014).
Learn more about this species at iNaturalist.org.

A macro shot of the dactylozooids which radiate outward from the Blue Button’s central float structure. Despite the presence of stinging nematocysts, Porpita Porpita doesn’t pose much of a threat to people.

Porpita porpita, 20 May 2014

Porpita porpita, the Blue button;
Volusia county, Florida (20 May 2014).
Learn more about this species at iNaturalist.org.

A cluster of gonozoids (reproducitive zooids) on the underside of a BlueButton’s central float. The long, darker-bluer tentacle you see is one of the dactylozooids (which radiate outward from the disc in good ole’ fashioned tentacle style. 

Porpita porpita, 19 May 2014

Porpita porpita, the Blue button;
Volusia county, Florida (19 May 2014).
Learn more about this species at iNaturalist.org.

Not actually a jellyfish, the Blue button is better described as a colony of hydrozoan polyps functioning together as one organism. In this shot, you can see the dactylozoids radiating outward from the central float (disc). Each of those dactylozoids carries with it a series of stinging nematocysts, but the sting doesn’t pose much of a threat to people. The is a dorsal top-down view of the Blue button. 

AKtoFL: The Savage River Trail, Alaska (31 May 2011)

On the Savage River Trail
Denali Borough, Alaska (31 May 2011).
Day 01 of the 2011 Roadtrip from Alaska to Florida (Mile 0253 of 7221).

Check out the trail running to the right of the water flow. Just bumpy enough to keep your focus somewhat grounded on the path beneath your feet. 

AKtoFL: The Savage River Trail, Alaska (31 May 2011)

On the Savage River Trail
Denali Borough, Alaska (31 May 2011).
Day 01 of the 2011 Roadtrip from Alaska to Florida (Mile 0253 of 7221).

A low(ish) ridge rising over the edge of the Savage River Trail. So much cool and texture in this area. 

AKtoFL: The Savage River Trail, Alaska (31 May 2011)

On the Savage River Trail
Denali Borough, Alaska (31 May 2011).
Day 01 of the 2011 Roadtrip from Alaska to Florida (Mile 0253 of 7221).

Quite the color play between the rock and the surrounding foliage. 

AKtoFL: The Savage River Trail, Alaska (31 May 2011)

On the Savage River Trail
Denali Borough, Alaska (31 May 2011).
Day 01 of the 2011 Roadtrip from Alaska to Florida (Mile 0253 of 7221).

Starting off on the Savage River Trail in Denali National Park. A fantastic medley of dry, jagged rock and thin, stiff plant life. 

Anadenobolus monilicornis, 11 June 2016

Anadenobolus monilicornis, the Bumblebee millipede;
Miami-Dade county, Florida (11 June 2016).
Learn more about this species at iNaturalist.org.

Nerodia taxispilota, 25 May 2019

Nerodia taxispilota, the Brown watersnake;
Volusia county, Florida (25 May 2019).
Learn more about this species at iNaturalist.org.

Nerodia taxispilota, 25 May 2019

Nerodia taxispilota, the Brown watersnake;
Volusia county, Florida (25 May 2019).
Learn more about this species at iNaturalist.org.

This Brown watersnake appears to be nearing ecdysis, the shedding of its scales (note the blue-sheen on the ocular/eye scale), but it was also sporting a bit of an infection (see anterior labial scales, that bit of yellowish ick). It’s possible this individual was victim to Snake Fungal Disease, an emerging and spreading fungal disease impacting snake populations throughout much of North America. SFD can also cause ocular scales to cloud over. 

Nerodia taxispilota, 25 May 2019

Nerodia taxispilota, the Brown watersnake;
Volusia county, Florida (25 May 2019).
Learn more about this species at iNaturalist.org.

Caenoplana sp., 26 October 2013

Caenoplana sp. (undescribed species);
Volusia county, Florida (26 October 2013).
Learn more about this taxa at iNaturalist.org.

I solicited identification help for this species on Twitter and received this reply from Jean-Lou Justine (https://twitter.com/Plathelminthe4):
“After consulting Leigh Winsor, who is a real flatworm maestro, this is an undescribed species of the genus Caenoplana. Known from various localities such as Queensland (Australia), Florida, Guadeloupe. Country of origin unknown.”
(https://twitter.com/floridensis/status/1206333853272616966)

Caenoplana sp., 26 October 2013

Caenoplana sp. (undescribed species);
Volusia county, Florida (26 October 2013).
Learn more about this taxa at iNaturalist.org.

I solicited identification help for this species on Twitter and received this reply from Jean-Lou Justine (https://twitter.com/Plathelminthe4):
“After consulting Leigh Winsor, who is a real flatworm maestro, this is an undescribed species of the genus Caenoplana. Known from various localities such as Queensland (Australia), Florida, Guadeloupe. Country of origin unknown.”
(https://twitter.com/floridensis/status/1206333853272616966)