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(ănhĭng`gə), common name for a very slender, black water bird very closely related to the cormorant. It frequents the wooded borders of freshwater lakes, rivers, and swamps in tropical and warm temperate regions—in America, from the SE United States to Cuba and Argentina; in Africa, S of the Sahara desert; in Asia, in the southern regions; and also in Australia and New Guinea. Darters (Anhinga anhinga) eat fish, crustaceans, reptiles, and insects, attacking their prey with rapierlike thrusts of their sharp beaks, whence the name darter. Another common name, snake-bird, describes the darter's habit of swimming with its body submerged and only the snakelike head and long, curved neck exposed. In the S United States darters are called water turkeys, for no apparent reason. They nest in small colonies with ibises and herons, building bulky nests lined with leaves. The helpless young are fed by regurgitation. Darters are strong fliers and migrate annually. They are classified in the phylum ChordataChordata
, phylum of animals having a notochord, or dorsal stiffening rod, as the chief internal skeletal support at some stage of their development. Most chordates are vertebrates (animals with backbones), but the phylum also includes some small marine invertebrate animals.
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, subphylum Vertebrata, class Aves, order Pelecaniformes, family Anhingidae.


North American fish: see perchperch,
common name for some members of the family Percidae, symmetrical freshwater fishes of N Europe, Asia, and North America. The perches belong to the large order Perciformes (spiny-finned fishes) and are related to the sunfishes and the sea basses.
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3A) shows that Royal Palm, Oasis Ranger Station, and 40 Mile Bend were the sites with the wettest month of May, and these sites are associated with Anhinga Trail, and Trail Lakes, and Shark Valley South, respectively--the sites with the largest adult grasshoppers (Fig.
1-3 9:30-10:15 Everglades Visitor Center: Everglades early history 10:30-12:00 Anhinga Trail and Gumbo Limbo Trail (Wet Season): Introduction to wildlife 1:30-3:00 Pa-hay-okee Overlook: class discussion / survey assignment Sept.
The Royal Palm Visitor Center's Anhinga Trail, which provides pavement and wooden boardwalk, is a fabulous half-mile self-guiding trail winding through a sawgrass marsh.
Places of interest there include the Royal Palm Visitor Center, which includes the Gumbo Limbo Trail and the Anhinga Trail; Long Pine Key; Pa-hay-okee Overlook; Mahogany Hammock; Nine Mile Pond; and West Lake.
Lastly, some birds, the ardeids, prefer to harpoon their prey with their long pointed bills; they include the herons (Ardea) and especially the anhinga (Anhinga), tropical and subtropical birds that are found in freshwater and resemble cormorants.
Note: Additional vagrant and migrant species detected but not observed using the study area or the space above it for foraging: Phalacrocorax olivaceus, Anhinga anhinga, Fregata magnificens, Pandion haliaetus, Chondrohierax uncinatus, Buteogallus urubitingo, Buteo magnirostris, Falco peregrinus, Columba cayennensis, and Ceryle torquata.
Senne's samples of anhinga virus arrived at the Athens laboratory by overnight express.
In his foreword to the 1989 Anhinga Press anthology North of Wakulla, Florida poet Donald Caswell notes that the poems in the book, a collection of poems by Florida poets, are
95) takes you places most of us have never been with its 122 wildlife photos highlighting big game, with plenty of massive white-tailed deer, elk and bear, but also depicting everything from wolverines to the anhinga - a fish-eating relative of the cormorant.
Adaptations for locomotion and feeding in the Anhinga and the Double-crested Cormorant.
No mere perimeters to parking lots, these boardwalks are gateways to wildlife: alligators, storks, snowy-white egrets, blue and white herons, reddish ibis, and the three-foot-tall anhinga spreading their wings to dry in the sun.