Mesoamerican Gulf-Caribbean mangroves

WWF Abstract

Although you can’t really see it, salt is the dominant feature of this ecoregion. The high salinity levels here mean that mangroves grow in scattered scrubby patches, mixed in with salt marshes. These mangroves provide important nursery grounds for fish, while water birds and endangered green sea turtles rely on sandbanks, creeks, and lagoons for protection. Flamingos depend on the salt ponds and marshes for feeding and breeding sites.
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Ecozone:Neotropic
Biome:Mangroves
Countries:Bahamas, United Kingdom
Area:1,600,000 acres (647,497 hectares)
Species:All  Endangered  Invasive
Climate:View Climate Data
Land Use:View Land Use Data

Protected Areas

Banco Chinchorro Biosphere Reserve
Barro Colorado Island Natural Monument
Caratasca Lagoon Wildlife Refuge
Cuero y Salado Wildlife Refuge
Dzilam de Bravo Wetland Reserve
Isla Mujeres, Punta Cancun y Punta Nizuc National Park
Jardin Botánico Lancetilla Biological Reserve
Jeanette Kawas National Park
Reserva de la Biosfera de Sian Ka'an Biosphere Reserve
Reserva Especial de la Biosfera Ría Celestún Biosphere Reserve
Reserva Estatal del Palmar Reserve
Ria Lagartos Biosphere Reserve
Sarstoon Temash National Park
Shipstern Nature Reserve
Tortuguero National Park
Ecoregions provided by World Wide Fund For Nature (WWF). WildFinder: Online database of species distributions, ver. 01.06 WWF WildFINDER