Floridensis

Floridensis is the photographic playground of Janson Jones. A native to Ormond Beach in Volusia county, Florida, I spend much of my free time studying and photographing the natural world around me — especially the tangled biodiversity of peninsular Florida. This website is an extension of these passions.

Janson Jones

Floridensis consists of three dominant sections: The Projects section, the Photo Blog and the Galleries. On average, I post three to four new images a day to the photo blog feed. Galleries are intermittently updated as new, relevant material makes its way to the blog feed. Projects are long-form pages relating to various aspects of Florida, naturalism, and/or the organisms featured on this site.

Projects, the blog, and galleries are accessible through the top menu (just below the banner image).

I also extensively categorize and index each photo as it is added to the site. Further below on this page, you’ll find a detailed species index linking to each species featured on this site. You’ll also find a search box in the footer.

The Floridensis photo blog feed is mostly image-centric, but I do provide species identifications, general locations (to the county level), and dates for all photos. As of 16 April 2020, I’ve also begun adding short, descriptive captions to posts.

This iteration of Floridensis was launched in May of 2019, and in April of 2020 the site was substantially overhauled to privilege photography galleries and long-form projects.

As for myself, I am neither a professional photographer nor a trained biologist. Professionally, I serve as full-time faculty with the Humanities & Communication department at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University (ERAU). I’ve been teaching composition, rhetoric, and media courses at the college or university level since 2001. As much as I adore teaching, and I truly do, I still carry within me an intense desire to learn. I am, you might say, a perpetual student at heart. This is probably why my interests in natural history, evolution, ecology, and biodiversity have only grown stronger with time. For every one thing I may learn, that one thing will provoke a number of new questions to chase after. I never get tired of that chase. I live for it in both the classroom and in the natural world around me. I hope my enthusiasm for the natural world around us will carry through within the photographs featured on this site.

I’m happy to answer any questions you may have to the best of my ability, and I love to receive feedback from others. If you have a question, a comment, or a permission request, please don’t hesitate to contact me with the message box at the bottom of this page. Please note, however, that I do not provide exact locations of photographic subjects, especially when a rare species is involved.

This page was last updated on
Monday 25 May 2020

The Biota Index

The Biota Index is currently being built.

ALGAE

HETEROKONTS
Sargassum sp., Sargassum weeds

PLANTS

ALISMATALES
Pistia stratiotes, Water lettuce

ARECALES (Palms)
Sabal palmetto, the Cabbage palmetto

COMMELINALES
Pontederia cordata, the Pickerelweed
Pontederia crassipes, Common water hyacinth

FABALES
Lupinus arcticus, Arctic lupine

LAMIALES
Avicennia germinans, the Black mangrove

MALPIGHIALES
Rhizophora mangle, the Red mangrove

NYMPHAEALES
Nuphar advena, the Spatterdock

POALES (Grasses)
Sporobolus alterniflorus, the Saltmarsh cord grass
Tillandsia setacea, the Southern needleleaf airplant
Uniola paniculata, Sea oates

POLYPODIALES (Ferns)
Acrostichum danaeifolium, the Giant leather fern

SALVINIALES
Salvinia minima, the Water spangles

SOLANALES
Ipomoea pes-caprae, the Beach morning glory

FUNGI & LICHEN

ARTHONIALES (Lichen)
Herpothallon rubrocinctum, the Christmas lichen

AGARICALES (Gilled Mushrooms)
Cyathus striatus, the Fluted birds nest

HYPOCREALES (Fungi)
Ophiocordyceps sp., Ophiocordyceps parasitic fungi

POLYPORALES (Shelf Fungi)
Laetiporus cincinnatus, the White-pored chicken of the woods
Ganoderma applanatum, the Artist’s bracket
Ganoderma zonatum, the Zonatum bracket

TREMELLALES (Fungi)
Phaeotremella foliacea, the Leafy brain fungus
Tremella fuciformis, the Snowy fungus
Tremella mesenterica, the Witch’s butter fungus

CNIDARIA

ANTHOZOA
Calliactis tricolor, the Hitchhiking anemone
Phymanthus crucifer, the Red beaded anemone
Utricina crassicornis, the Christmas anemone

HYDROZOA
Physalia physalis, the Portuguese man o’ war
• Porpita porpita, the Blue button

SCYPHOZOA (True Jellyfish)
Stomolophus meleagris, the Cannonball jellyfish

ECHINODERMATA

ASTEROIDEA
Astropecten articulatus, the Royal starfish

ECHINOIDEA
Mellita quinquiesperforata, the Five-slotted sanddollar

MOLLUSCA

BIVALVE MOLLUSKS
Crassostrea virginica, the Eastern oyster
Donax variabilis, the Coquina

GASTROPOD MOLLUSKS
Americoliva sayana, the Lettered olive
Euglandina rosea, the Rosy wolf snail
Gemophos tinctus, the Tinted cantherus
Hastula cinerea, the Grey Atlantic auger
Liguus fasciatus, the Florida tree snail
Melongena corona, the American crown conch
Neverita duplicata, the Shark eye sea snail
Neohelix albolabris, the Eastern whitelip snail
Orthalicus floridensis, the Banded tree snail
Scyllaea pelagica, the Sargassum nudibranch
Sinistrofulgar sinistrum, the Lightning whelk
Zachrysia provisoria, the Cuban brown snail

PLATYHELMINTHES

PLANARIAN FLATWORMS
Bipalium kewense, the Arrowhead flatworm
Bipalium vagum, the Mollusc eating hammerhead worm
Caenoplana sp., the Caenoplana flatworm

CRUSTACEANS

BARNACLES
Megabalanus coccopoma, the Titan acorn barnacle
Tetraclita stalactifera, the Ribbed barnacle

SHRIMP & CRAYFISH
Cambarus asperimanus, the Mitten crayfish
Latreutes fucorum, the Slender sargassum shrimp
Leander tenuicornis, the Brown grass shrimp
Tozeuma carolinense, the Arrow shrimp

CRABS
Aratus pisonii, the Mangrove tree crab
Arenaeus cribrarius, the Speckled swimming crab
Calappa flammea, the Flame-streaked box crab
Callinectes sapidus, the Atlantic blue crab
Cardisoma guanhumi, the Blue land crab
Clibanarius vittatus, the Thinstripe hermit crab
Coenobita clypeatus, the Caribbean land hermit crab
Emerita talpoida, the Atlantic mole crab
Gecarcinus lateralis, the Blackback land crab
Goniopsis cruentata, the Mangrove root crab
Grapsus tenuicrustatus, the Thin-shelled rock crab
Hepatus epheliticus, the Calico box crab
Leptuca pugilator, the Atlantic sand fiddler crab
Leptuca thayeri, the Atlantic mangrove fiddler crab
Libinia dubia, the Longnose spider crab
Libinia emarginata, the Portly spider crab
Menippe mercenaria, the Florida stone crab
Ocypode quadrata, the Atlantic ghost crab
Pachygrapsus transversus, the Mottled shore crab
Panopeus herbstii, the Atlantic mud crab
Persophone aquilonaris, the Mottled purse crab
Petrolisthes armatus, the Green porcelain crab
Plagusia depressa, the Tidal spray crab
Portunas sayi, the Sargassum swimming crab

MEROSTOMATA

HORSESHOE CRABS
Limulus polyphemus, the Horseshoe crab

MYRIAPODS

CENTIPEDES
Scolopendra alternans, the Florida Keys centipede

MILLIPEDES
Anadenobolus monilicornis, the Bumblebee millipede
Chicobolus spinigerus, the Florida ivory millipede
Narceus americanus, the North American millipede

ARACHNIDS

DADDY LONGLEGS
Leiobunum aldrichi, the Aldrichi harvestman

SPIDERS
Anasaitis canosa, the Twinflagged jumping spider
Argiope aurantia, the Yellow garden spider
Dolomedes okefinokensis, the Okefenokee fishing spider
Dolomedes triton, the Six-spotted fishing spider
Gasteracantha cancriformis, the Spinybacked orbweaver
Heteropoda venatoria, the Giant crab spider (Huntsman)
Hogna lenta, the Field wolf spider
Kukulcania hibernalis, the Southern house spider
Lyssomanes viridis, the Magnolia jumping spider
Paraphidippus aurantius, the Golden jumping spider
Peucetia viridans, the Green lynx spider
Rabidosa rabida, the Rabid wolf spider

INSECTS

MANTIDS
Gonatista grisea, the Grizzled mantis

WALKING STICKS
Anisomorpha buprestoides, the Southern two-striped walking stick

ANTS, BEES, WASPS, Etc
Mischocyttarus mexicanus, the Neotropical paper wasp

TRUE BUGS
Acanthocephala declivis, the Giant leaf-footed bug
Mallodon dasystomus, the Hardwood stump borer
Megatibicen auletes, the Northern dusk-singing cicada
Megatibicen resonans, the Resonant cicada
Neocicada hieroglyphica, Hieroglyphic cicada
Neotibicen lyricen, the Lyric cicada
Neotibicen similaris,  the Similar dog-day cicada

BEETLES
Alaus oculatus, the Eastern eyed click beetle
Eburia quadrigeminata, the Ivory-marked beetle
Pelidnota punctata, the Grapevine beetle
Gymnetis thula, the Harlequin flower beetle
Lucanus elaphus, the Giant stag beetle

MOTHS
Acrolophus plumifrontella, the Eastern grass tubeworm
Actias luna, the Luna moth
Alypia wittfeldii, the Wittfeld’s forester
Anisota stigma, the Spiny oakworm moth
Anisota virginiensis, the Pink-striped oakworm moth
Antheraea polyphemus, the Polyphemus moth
Apatelodes torrefacta, the Spotted apatelodes moth
• Arctia plantaginis, the Wood tiger moth
Ascalapha odorata, the Black witch moth
Atteva aurea, the Ailanthus webworm moth
Automeris io, the Io moth
Callopistria mollissima, the Pink-shaded fern moth
Charadra deridens, the Laugher moth
Chloropteryx tepperaria, the Angle-winged emerald moth
Chrysodeixis includens, the Soybean looper moth
Clostera inclusa, the Angle-lined prominent moth
Cosmosoma myrodora, the Scarlet-bodied wasp moth
Dasychira manto, the Manto tussock moth
Diaphania nitidalis, the Pickleworm moth
Dryocampa rubicunda, the Rosy maple moth
Eacles imperialis, the Imperial moth
Empyreuma pugione, the Spotted oleander moth
Furcula borealis, the White furcula moth
Halysidota tessellaris, the Banded tussock moth
Harrisimemna trisignata, the Harris’s three-spot moth
Hypagyrtis esther, the Esther moth
Manduca quinquemaculata, the Five-spotted hawk moth
Megalopyge opercularis, the Southern flannel moth
Metria amella, the Live oak metria moth
Nemoria lixaria, the Red-bordered emerald moth
Palpidia pallidior, the Pale palpidia
Parapoynx diminutalis, the Small leafcutter moth
Prolimacodes badia, the Skiff moth
Seirarctia echo, the Echo moth
Spilosoma congrua, the Agreeable tiger moth
Spodoptera dolichos, the Sweetpotato armyworm
Spragueia onagrus, the Black-dotted spragueia moth
Synchlora frondaria, the Southern emerald moth

BUTTERFLIES
• Gulf fritillary
• Great southern white
• Polydamas swallowtail
• Queen butterfly
• Canadian tiger swallowtail
• Eastern giant swallowtail
• Eastern tiger swallowtail
• Palamedes swallowtail

DRAGONFLIES etc
• Common green darner
• Four-spotted pennant
• Ebony jewelwing
• Halloween pennant
• Regal darner
• Scarlet skimmer
• Swamp darner
• Prince baskettail
• Eastern pondhawk
• Seaside dragonlet
• Dragonhunter
• Rambur’s forktail
• Citrine forktail
• Lilypad forktail
• Bar-winged skimmer
• Slaty skimmer
• Great blue skimmer
• Royal river cruiser
• Roseate skimmer
• Blue dasher
• Eastern amberwing
• Common whitetail
• Carolina saddlebags

KATYDIDS
• Florida oblong-winged katydid
• American shieldback
• Robust shieldback
• Greater anglewing

GRASSHOPPERS
• Long-headed toothpick
• Brown winter grasshopper
• Elegant grasshopper
• Short-winged green grasshopper
• Eastern lubber grasshopper
• American bird grasshopper
• Mischievous bird grasshopper
• Rusty bird grasshopper

FISH

SHARKS & RAYS
• Cownose ray

BONY FISH
• Eastern mosquitofish
• Sargassum fish
• Atlantic tripletail
• Northern puffer

AMPHIBIANS

FROGS & TOADS
• Dwarf american toad
• Oak toad
• Southern toad
• Eastern spadefoot
• Greenhouse frog
• Eastern narrowmouth toad
• Southern cricket frog
• Pine woods treefrog
• Squirrel treefrog
• Barking treefrog
• Cope’s gray treefrog
• Green treefrog
• Cuban treefrog
• Spring peeper
• Plains leopard frog
• Bronze frog
• Pickerel frog
• Southern leopard frog
• American bullfrog
• Pig frog
• Wood frog

AMPHIUMAS
• Two-toed amphiuma

SALAMANDERS
• Dwarf salamander

REPTILES

TURTLES
• Florida softshell turtle
• Spiny softshell turtle
• Green sea turtle
• Common snapping turtle
• Chicken turtle
• Gopher tortoise
• Striped mud turtle
• Eastern mud turtle
• Diamondback terrapin
• Florida red-bellied cooter
• Loggerhead musk turtle
• Common musk turtle
• Eastern box turtle
• Ornate box turtle
• Common slider

WORMLIZARDS
• Florida worm lizard

LIZARDS
• African redhead agama
• Carolina green anole
• Puerto Rican crested anole
• Hispaniolan green anole
• Hispaniolan stout anole
• Bark anole
• Cuban knight anole
• Jamaican giant anole
• Cuban brown anole
• Six-lined racerunner
• Western whiptail
• Brown basilisk
• Eastern collared lizard
• Black spiny-tailed iguana
• Indo-Pacific gecko
• Tropical house gecko
• Mediterranean gecko
• Green iguana
• Northern curly-tailed lizard
• Eastern glass lizard
• Southeastern five-lined skink
• Broadhead skink
• Plateau fence lizard
• Eastern fence lizard
• Florida scrub lizard
• Little brown skink
• Ornate tree lizard
• Common side-blotched lizard

SNAKES
• Florida cottonmouth
• Florida scarlet snake
• Black racer snake
• Eastern diamondback rattlesnake
• Timber rattlesnake
• Ringneck snake
• Mud snake
• Rough earth snake
• Brahminy blindsnake
• Scarlet kingnsnake
• Eastern kingsnake
• Striped swamp snake
• Eastern coachwhip
• Eastern coral snake
• Salt marsh watersnake
• Salt marsh x Banded watersnake
• Plainbelly watersnake
• Banded watersnake
• Florida green watersnake
• Diamondback watersnake
• Northern watersnake
• Brown watersnake
• Rough green snake
• Eastern “Yellow” rat snake
• Eastern “Gray” rat snake
• Eastern “Everglades” rat snake
• Red “Corn” rat snake
• Burmese python
• Ball python
• Queen snake
• Pine woods littersnake
• Desert patchnose snake
• Pigmy rattlesnake
• Florida brown snake
• Eastern garter snake
• Peninsula ribbon snake

CROCODILIANS
• American alligator
• Spectacled caiman
• American crocodile

BIRDS

ACCIPITRIFORMES
• Osprey

ANSERIFORMES
• Wood duck
• Anas acuta
• Mallard
• Lesser scaup
• Branta canadensis
• Bucephala islandica
• Cairina moschata
• Black-bellied whistling duck
• Mergus serrator
• Northern shoveler

CAPRIMULGIFORMES
• Antrostomus vociferus

CATHARTIFORMES
• Turkey vulture
• Black vulture

CHARADRIIFORMES
• Actitis macularius
• Brown noddy
• Ruddy turnstone
• Calidris alba
• Calidris alpina
• Western sandpiper
• Calidris minutilla
• Himantopus mexicanus
• Mew gull
• Larus delawarensis
• Larus smithsonianus
• Laughing gull
• Pluvialis squatarola
• Recurvirostra americana
• Black skimmer
• Sterna forsteri
• Sterna paradisaea
• Royal tern
• Tringa flavipes
• Willet
• Tringa solitaria

CICONIIFORMES
• Wood stork

COLUMBIFORMES
• Columba livia

CORACIIFORMES
• Megaceryle alcyon

FALCONIFORMES
• Caracara cheriway

GALLIFORMES
• Colinus virginianus
• Gallus gallus
• Meleagris gallopavo
• Pavo cristatus

GRUIFORMES
• Sandhill crane
• Limpkin
• American coot
• Common gallinule
• Grus americana
• Purple gallinule
• Porzana carolina

PASSERIFORMES
• Acanthis flammea
• Red-winged blackbird
• Florida scrub jay
• Cedar waxwing
• Bohemian waxwing
• Northern cardinal
• Corvus brachyrhynchos
• Corvus corax
• Fish crow
• Blue jay
• Empidonax virescens
• Common yellowthroat
• Barn swallow
• Northern mockingbird
• Black and white warbler
• Passer domesticus
• Peucaea aestivalis
• Pheucticus ludovicianus
• Prothonotary warbler
• Boat-tailed grackle
• Yellow-rumped warbler
• Palm warbler
• Chipping sparrow
• Eastern kingbird
• Red-eyed vireo

PELECANIFORMES
• Great egret
• Great blue heron
• Cattle egret
• Green heron
• Little blue heron
• Reddish egret
• Snowy egret
• Tricolored heron
• American white ibis
• Ixobrychus exilis
• Yellow-crowned night heron
• Black-crowned night heron
• American white pelican
• Brown pelican
• Roseate spoonbill
• Glossy ibis

PHOENICOPTERIFORMES
• American flamingo

PICIFORMES
• Dryocopus pileatus
• Downy woodpecker
• Melanerpes carolinus
• Picoides villosus

PODICIPEDIFORMES
• Pied-billed grebe

PSITTACIFORMES
• Agapornis roseicollis
• Ara sp.

STRIGIFORMES
• Barred owl

SULIFORMES
• Anhinga
• Magnificent frigatebird
• Morus bassanus
• Double-crested cormorant
• Masked booby

MAMMALS

ARTIODACTYLA
• Moose
• Key deer
• Common bottlenose dolphin

MARSUPIALIA
• Virginia opossum

CARNIVORA
• River otter
• American mink
• Raccoon

PRIMATES
• Human

RODENTIA
• Arctic ground squirrel

SIRENIA
• West Indian manatee

 

 

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