Mangroves

  • Madagascar mangroves Featured Article Madagascar mangroves Madagascar mangroves

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

  • Belizean coast mangroves Featured Article Belizean coast mangroves Belizean coast mangroves

    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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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 »
Rio Negro-Rio San Sun mangroves Last Updated on 2014-05-15 16:20:08 WWF Terrestrial Ecoregions Collection 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... More »
Petenes mangroves Last Updated on 2014-05-15 16:17:19 WWF Terrestrial Ecoregions Collection The Petenes mangroves ecoregion stretches along the far northwestern coastal fringe of the Yucatan Peninsula, which sticks out into the Gulf of Mexico. The low annual rainfall in this ecoregion combined with the severe aridiity of the entire region has eliminated any significant rivers from the landscape. Therefore, the freshwater necessary for productive mangrove ecosystems derives from freshwater springs. Also of interest within this ecoregion, CONABIO has identified a terrestrial priority area which shares its territory with this ecoregion, Petenen-Ría Celestum. At least five Important Bird Areas also lie within this ecoregion; Los Petenes, Ría Celestún, Ichka' Ansijo, Reserva Estatal de Dzilám, and portions of Ría Lagartos. Petenes mangroves are located in... More »