Content tagged with "Ozark"

Duskystripe Shiner

Image of a duskystripe shiner
Luxilus pilsbryi
Dark stripe along midside extending from nose to tail; an iridescent greenish-brown back with a narrow, lighter-colored band above the lateral dark stripe; silvery-white lower side and belly. More

Dwarf Spiderwort (Wild Crocus)

Photo of dwarf spiderwort flower clusters
Tradescantia longipes
Dwarf spiderwort is a low-growing perennial with bright magenta, purple, or purplish-blue flowers with three petals arranged in a triangular pattern. It blooms in Ozark woodlands in April and May. More

Early Saxifrage (Virginia Saxifrage)

Photo of early saxifrage plant with flower
Micranthes virginiensis (also called Saxifraga virginiensis)
The name "saxifrage" means "rock-breaker." The meaning of the name helps you remember the habitat of early saxifrage—rock outcroppings, ledges, glades, and bluffs. In Missouri, it blooms February through June. More

Eastern Coachwhip

eastern coachwhip
Coluber flagellum flagellum
This large, slender, nonvenomous snake usually escapes in an explosive burst of speed. It is fast-moving and thrashes when captured, which led to the stubborn myth that this snake can whip a person to death. More

Eastern Collared Lizard

Image of an eastern collared lizard
Crotaphytus collaris
The eastern collared lizard is colorful and has a long tail. If surprised in an open area with no rock crevices nearby to dart into, it often runs on its hind limbs with the forward part of the body held upright. More

Eastern Musk Turtle (Stinkpot; Common Musk Turtle)

Eastern musk turtle (stinkpot)
Sternotherus odoratus
The eastern musk turtle is one of the world’s smallest turtles. It has a dark, domed upper shell and reduced lower shell. It occurs along our Mississippi River counties and in the southern two-thirds of the state. More

Eastern Narrow-Mouthed Toad

Image of an eastern narrow-mouthed toad
Gastrophryne carolinensis
The eastern narrow-mouthed toad is an unusual, plump little amphibian that is seldom seen. There is a fold of skin behind its narrow, pointed head. It occurs in the southern half of the state. More

Eastern River Cooter

Image of an eastern river cooter (turtle)
Pseudemys concinna concinna
The eastern river cooter is a broad-shelled aquatic turtle with a seemingly small head. It is most abundant in the rivers and sloughs of southern Missouri but also has taken up residence in some of our large reservoirs. More

Ebonyshell

Photograph of Ebonyshell freshwater mussel shell exterior view
Fusconaia ebena
At one time the most valuable shell to the commercial button industry, the ebonyshell is now classified as Endangered in Missouri and is a candidate for federal Endangered status. More

Elephantear (Elephant's Ear)

elephant's ear
Elliptio crassidens
Today found only in the Meramec River, the elephantear has been classified as Endangered in Missouri and is a candidate for federal Endangered status. More