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Mangroves

  • Northwest Mexican Coast mangroves Featured Article Northwest Mexican Coast mangroves Northwest Mexican Coast mangroves

    The Northwest Mexican Coast mangroves is a unique mangrove ecoregion holds patches of mangrove ecosystems that are both in Mexico and more surprisingly, the Nearctic realm.... More »

  • Madagascar mangroves Featured Article Madagascar mangroves Madagascar mangroves

    Shielded from monsoon winds by the central mountains of Madagascar, Madagascar mangroves occupy a wide range of environmental and climatic conditions along the western coastline... 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 2014-04-15 15:37:23 Shielded from monsoon winds by the central mountains of Madagascar, Madagascar mangroves occupy a wide range of environmental and climatic conditions along the western coastline along the Indian Ocean. Although the ecoregion’s species richness is low, it is unusual in supporting certain endemic tree species. The mangroves also shelter highly diverse mollusk and crustacean communities, while capturing sediment that threatens coral reefs and seagrass beds. Birds, sea turtles, and dugongs all utilize mangroves, as do the Malagasy people. Rice farming, shrimp aquaculture and construction materials are all carried out within these mangroves. On Madagascar, mangroves are found primarily along the western coast. They occur in a wide range of environmental and climatic conditions, fostered by a low coastal platform, high tidal range, and a constant freshwater supply from numerous... More »
Marismas Nacionales-San Blas mangroves Last Updated on 2013-11-26 15:01:03 The Marismas Nacionales-San Blas mangroves ecoregion contains the most extensive block of mangrove ecosystem along the Pacific coastal zone of Mexico, comprising around 2000 square kilometres. All mangroves synthesize organic matter and filter nutrients, thus being ecologically critical for the maintenance of high productivity in tropical coastal zones. In fact, the mangroves in Nayarit are among the most productive systems of northwest Mexico. These mangroves and their associated wetlands also serve as one of the most important winter habitat for birds in the Pacific coastal zone, by serving about eighty percent of the Pacific migratory shore bird populations. The Marismas Nacionales-San Blas mangroves can be viewed as a subset of the somewhat larger Northern Mesoamerican Pacific mangroves ecoregion; this larger ecoregion also includes elements of the Pacific coast of Baja... More »
Belizean coast mangroves Last Updated on 2013-11-20 21:48:00 The Belizean coast mangroves ecoregion (part of the larger Mesoamerican Gulf-Caribbean mangroves ecoregion) extends along the Caribbean Coast from Guatemala, encompassing the mangrove habitat along the shores of the Bahía de Annatique; this ecoregion continues along the Belizean coast up to the border with Mexico. This ecoregion is threatened by expanding tourism on the coastal areas of Belize along with growth in indigenous human populations. The presence of mangroves on the coastal fringe becomes more prevalent along the more southwestern reaches of the Belizean coastline. The ecoregion is denoted by the World Wildlife Fund as NT1405. This mangrove association not only provides protection against coastal erosion and hence habitat stabilitity, but also supplies nesting and resting sites for many bird species; additionally the root zone offers a quiet protective zone for a... More »
Rio Negro-Rio San Sun mangroves Last Updated on 2013-11-14 19:09:51 Rio Negro-Rio San Sun mangroves consist of a disjunctive coastal ecoregion in parts of Costa Rica, extending to the north slightly into Nicaragua and south marginally into Panama. Mangroves are sparse in this ecoregion, and are chiefly found in estuarine lagoons and small patches at river mouths growing in association with certain freshwater palm species such as the Yolillo Palm (Raphia taedigera), which taxon has some saline soil tolerance, and is deemed a basic element of the mangrove forest here. These mangrove communities are also part of a mosaic of several habitats that include mixed rainforest, wooded swamps, coastal wetlands, estuarine lagoons, sand backshores and beaches, sea-grasses, and coral reefs. This coastal area generally consists of low alluvial floodplain (sea level to twenty metres above sea level), intermixed within a network of black-water canals and creeks.... More »
Moist Pacific Coast mangroves Last Updated on 2013-11-12 22:30:07 The Moist Pacific Coast mangroves is an ecoregion along the Pacific coast of Costa Rica with a considerable number of embayments that provide shelter from wind and waves, thus favouring mangrove establishment. Tidal fluctuations also directly influence the mangrove ecosystem health in this zone. The Moist Pacific Coast mangroves ecoregion has a mean tidal amplitude of three and one half metres,  but that may actually vary from two to six metres. Mangroves are more developed in this ecoregion than those further north, due to the higher rate of freshwater inflow that reduces salt accumulation in the mangroves by increasing evapotranspiration. The moist Pacific Coast ecoregion runs along the coastline of Central America from near the town of Jaco, Costa Rica to the southwestern corner of the Peninsula de Azuero, Panama. This ecoregion encompasses the Gulfo Dulce, the Gulfo de... More »