Central African mangroves

WWF Abstract

The Central African mangroves ecoregion encompasses the single most extensive area of mangrove in all of Africa. The mangroves of this ecoregion are very complex, with habitats ranging from lagoons to river mouths. In and along these rich waters, mangroves trees can grow up to 135 feet (45 m) tall. Enormous quantities of fish and invertebrates make their homes in these coastal waters, providing an abundance of food for monkeys, turtles, and aquatic birds. Not only are these mangroves centers of biodiversity, but they also perform many important ecological roles. They filter nutrients, stabilize lagoon shores, provide protection for commercially important fish, help in the continuous formation of soil, and serve as an important migratory point for many birds.
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Ecozone:Afrotropic
Biome:Mangroves
Countries:Ghana, Nigeria, Cameroon, Equatorial, Guinea, Gabon, Democratic Republic of the Congo
Area:7,359,999 acres (2,978,486 hectares)
Species:All  Endangered  Invasive
Ecoregions provided by World Wide Fund For Nature (WWF). WildFinder: Online database of species distributions, ver. 01.06 WWF WildFINDER