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Archbold Biological Station Fact Sheet

compiled by Fred E. Lohrer, Archbold Biological Station September 1990, last revision 03 October, 2007

  • Location (Main Building): Florida, Highlands County, Lake Placid, 12.9 km (8 mi.) South
  • Latitude (Main Building): 27 degrees, 10 minutes, 50 seconds North
  • Longitude (Main Building): 81 degrees, 21 minutes, zero seconds West
  • T,R,S: Township 38S, Range 30E, Sections 5-8,18,19,29-32
  • USGS maps: Childs 7.5', Venus 7.5', Fort Pierce 1:250000
  • Size: 2101 ha (5192.63 acres)
  • Elevation: 35-65 m (110-213'), Main Building is 42 m (138')
  • Temperatures (1952-2004):
    • January mean-minimum 8.33 degrees C (47.00 degrees F);
    • July mean-maximum 34.05 degrees C (93.29 degrees F);
    • Range-minus 10.5 to 39.4 degrees C (13 - 103 degrees F); the lowest temperature was in 1982 & 2001.
  • Annual rainfall (1932-2004): Mean 136.4 cm (53.7 inches), range 69-195 cm (27.3-76.7 inches); the lowest annual rainfall was in 2000.
  • Topography: Lake Wales Ridge intra-ridge valley and Red Hill
  • Habitats: Southern ridge sandhills, sand pine scrub, rosemary scrub, scrubby flatwoods, flatwoods, swales, bayheads, seasonal ponds, man-modified
  • Listed species of Archbold Biological Station: plants, 28 species; amphibians, 1, reptiles, 7; birds (breeding species) 3; mammals, 4.
  • Biodiversity inventory: The number of species thus far recorded on the Station's main property includes 21 amphibians, 27 fishes, 44 mammals, 48 reptiles, 208 birds, 593 vascular plants, and more than 6,000 insects and other invertebrates, including the greatest diversity of ants (117 species) known from a single site in North America.