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    WWF Terrestrial Ecoregions Collection Shielded from monsoon winds by the Central Highlands of Madagascar, Madagascar mangroves occupy a wide... More »

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    The Belizean coast mangroves ecoregion (part of the larger Mesoamerican Gulf-Caribbean mangroves ecoregion) extends along the Caribbean Coast from Guatemala, encompassing the... More »

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Madagascar mangroves Last Updated on 2015-05-27 11:30:24 WWF Terrestrial Ecoregions Collection Shielded from monsoon winds by the Central Highlands of Madagascar, Madagascar mangroves occupy a wide range of environmental and climatic conditions, and chiefly occur at the western coastline along the Mozambique Channel of the Indian Ocean. Although the ecoregion’s species richness is low, it is noteworthy in supporting certain endemic tree species; for example, thre are only 163 vertebrate taxa found in the entire ecoregion. The Madagascar mangroves are within the Mangroves biome of the Afrotropic Realm. These mangroves also shelter highly diverse mollusk and crustacean communities, while capturing sediment that threatens coral reefs and seagrass beds. Dugongs, birds and sea turtles utilise mangroves, as do the native Malagasy people. Rice farming, shrimp aquaculture as well as stockpiling of... More »
Sundarbans, Bangladesh Last Updated on 2014-10-19 18:16:11 The Sundarbans (21°30'- 22°30'N, 89°12'-90°18'E) are a World Heritage Site which consists of three wildlife sanctuaries (Sundarbans West, East and South) lying on disjunct deltaic islands in the Sundarbans Forest Division of Khulna District, close to the border with India and immediately west of the principal outflow of the Ganges, Brahmaputra and Meghna rivers. The Sundarbans belong to Bengalian Rainforest biogeographical province. 1977: All three wildlife sanctuaries established under the Bangladesh Wildlife (Preservation) (Amendment) Act, 1974, 1878: The three sanctuaries gazetted as forest reserves. 1996: The total area of wildlife sanctuaries extended; the entire Sundarbans is reserved forest, established under the Indian Forest Act, 1878. 1997: The Sundarbans inscribed on the World Heritage List. The total area of the Bangladesh... More »
Piura mangroves Last Updated on 2014-05-21 17:52:48 WWF Terrestrial Ecoregions Collection The Piura mangroves ecoregion is the most southerly of all Pacific Coast mangrove habitats. It is not a well known mangrove area although it faces threats from development including those associated with tourism. All mangrove habitats serve as resource centers for wildlife, mainly visiting from surrounding habitats or as migrating individuals. This is one of the last or first stops depending on migration pathways for many birds. Also as a coastal habitat rising from a desert ecoregion the moist conditions provide refuge from the harsh Sechura Desert ecoregion. This small mangrove ecoregion is located where the Piura River enters the Pacific Ocean and creates a small estuary along the coast of Peru. The climate is described as semi-arid and tropical dry but highly variable from one year to... More »
Usumacinta mangroves Last Updated on 2014-05-21 16:26:55 WWF Terrestrial Ecoregions Collection It has been estimated that the mangroves surrounding Laguna de Términos, part of this ecoregion, receive at least one third of the population of migrant birds that follow the Mississippi River flyway, another fact that gives special significance to this place as a natural refuge. Mangroves are generally acknowledged to be excellent for soil retention, and this ecoregion behaves in accordance with this biologically important feature. The state of Tabasco, Mexico, within which this mangrove ecoregion lies, holds the greatest share of aquatic vegetation in the country. Associations of aquatic plants are recognized as one of the most representative ecosystems of Mexico. Besides their importance as a unique habitat and the extraordinary display of animal species that inhabits them, mangroves constitute a... More »
Southern Dry Pacific Coast mangroves Last Updated on 2014-05-15 16:23:08 WWF Terrestrial Ecoregions Collection The Southern dry Pacific Coast mangroves ecoregion, found along the Pacific coast of Costa Rica, is unique to external and internal areas, and vegetation is characterized by the geneses Rhizopora and Avicennia. The ecoregion serves as an important nesting site for a number of bird species as well as providing habitat for such fauna species as Mantled Howler Monkey, Spectacled Caiman, and the largest bat species in the New World, the False Vampire Bat. The chief threat to this region is the conversion of habitat for agricultural development. This ecoregion extends along the Pacific coast of Central America beginning just south of the Golfo de Fonseca in Nicaragua then continuing south to the Gulf of Nicoya in Costa Rica. This southern dry pacific coast ecoregion encompasses the Gulfo de Nicoya that marks... More »