Robert B. Gordon Natural Area for Environmental Studies
Summary Data Number of Taxa: 250 Species, in 170 Genera, 113 Families, and 33 Orders. Description As with some of the other biotic groups, the research pattern for invertebrates at the GNA might best be described as ‘intermittent.’ Former WCU professor Win Fairchild and his students conducted research on aquatic invertebrates in Plum Run, both inside and outside of the boundaries of the GNA. To date, the only data from that work that we’ve been able to obtain are from the 2007 MS thesis of Danielle DiFederico. Since that time, the only ‘directed’ invertebrate research at the GNA has been the annual monitoring in Plum Run by the Stroud Water Research Center (SWRC). This research was initiated in 2017 and is ongoing. Additional data come from (the increasingly frequent) observations by GNA staff and from observations on iNaturalist. Status/Threats IUCN Status: Data are from the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species (IUCN 2020) The GNA checklist was compared with the Pennsylvania Natural Heritage Species and Natural Features List (PNHP 2020). Of the 458 invertebrate species on the list, three are known to occur in the GNA. The state rankings from the PNHP list have been incorporated into the checklist. Organization Species are organized into eight 'types': Insects; Springtails; Arthropods; Crustaceans; Gastropods; Flatworms; Worms; and, Ribbon Worms. The checklist is sorted by 'Type', followed by Order, Family, and Scientific Name.
Ritter, N. (2020). Annotated Checklist of Invertebrate Species Observed at the Gordon Natural Area (West Chester University, PA) 2007-2020. Version I. Retrieved from https://digitalcommons.wcupa.edu/gna_bds_series/11