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Tidal Mangrove Forest (Biotic Group)

Component: Biotic

Unique Identifier: 581

Biotic Setting Benthic/Attached Biota
Biotic Class Forested Wetland
Biotic Subclass Tidal Forest/Woodland
Biotic Group Tidal Mangrove Forest
Biotic Community Avicennia germinans Forest
Conocarpus erectus Forest
Rhizophora mangle Basin Forest
Rhizophora mangle Fringe Forest
Rhizophora mangle Medium Island Forest
Rhizophora mangle Overwash Island Forest
Rhizophora mangle Tall Fringing Forest
Rhizophora mangle - (Avicennia germinans, Laguncularia racemosa) Riverine Forest
Rhizophora mangle - Dalbergia ecastaphyllum - Pavonia paludicola Forest


Description
Definition Tidally influenced, dense, tropical or subtropical forest with a shore zone dominated by true mangroves (and associates) that generally are 6 meters or taller (Figure 8.17). Dwarf shrub and short mangroves are placed in the Tidal Mangrove Shrubland Biotic Group.

Mangrove Forests (e.g., mangal or mangle) occur along the sheltered coasts of tropical latitudes of the Earth, and are commonly found on the intertidal mud flats along the shores of estuaries, usually in the region between the salt marshes and seagrass beds and may extend inland along river courses where tidal amplitude is high. Also, mangrove cays may occur within the lagoon complex of barrier reefs.

The list of biotic communities for this group is long: a few examples are provided below, and the complete list is available in Appendix F.