• Miles of uncrowded white sandy beaches extend to the horizon, separating the clear blue ocean and undulating grass-covered dunes.

    Fire Island

    National Seashore New York

Other Invertebrates (corals, sponges, worms, etc.)

Fire Island's beach and intertidal invertebrate communities are an important component of the ecosystem which serves as forage for shore birds, includes several species from the taxonomic groups Annelida (Oligochaeta) and Amphipoda.

The horseshoe crab is an interesting and intriguing member of the phylum Arthropoda.

Did You Know?

Close-up view of pinkish sundew plants, bright green mosses, and spike-like leaves of other plants.

Tiny insectivorous plants called sundews (Drosera rotundifolia and D. intermedia) may be found in the low moist swales between dunes in the Fire Island wilderness area. Sundew gets its name from the glistening sticky substance on its leaves that traps ants and other small insects. More...