East African Mangroves:
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Below is a listing of species (flora and fauna) from East African mangroves with links to individual pages and our new illustrated finder feature.
You can also read a short introduction to mangrove flora and fauna with a focus on mangrove crabs, or view my list of mangrove literature and selected mangrove books.
Mangroves are salt-tolerant trees and shrubs that usually grow in the intertidal zone throughout the tropics and sub-tropics. They are most often located along sheltered shores and can penetrate deep into the estuaries of rivers. Mangroves trees have a very plastic form; the same species can grow as a short stunted bush in unfavorable conditions or as a full sized tree reaching heights of 40 meters, forming dense forests several kilometers thick under favorable conditions. The animals living in mangroves are diverse and include crabs, bivalves, birds, snails, insects, reptiles and many others. Many of which you'll find on this website!... (read more). Also see a list of our mangrove publications.
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find trees and animals
Click on the trees above to see the trees associated with that zone and click on the ground to see the animals that live in that zone
East African mangrove crabs:
Metopograpsus thukuhar, Metopograpsus oceanicus, Metopograpsus messor
Ocypodidae [M.S. Rosenberg has a comprehensive site on Uca species]
Uca annulipes, Uca inversa, Uca chlorophthalmus, Uca tetragonon, Uca urvillei, Uca vocans,
Ocypode ryderi, Ocypode ceratophthalmus,
Scylla serrata, Thalamtia crenata
Neosarmatium smithi, Neosarmatium meinerti (now Neosarmatium africanum)
Chiromantes eulimene, Chiromantes ortmanni
Perisesarma guttatum, Perisesarma samawati sp. nov.: the new East African Perisesarma species.
Selatium elongatum, Selatium brocki
Sesarma (Clistocoeloma) villosum
Epixanthus dentatus, Eurycarcinus natalensis, Ozius guttatus
East African mangrove shrimp:
East African mangrove mollusks:
Terebralia palustris, Cerithidea decollata, Littoraria spp.
Saccostrea cucullata, Isognomon ephippium
East African mangrove Insects:
Saturniidae moth (Emporor Moth) species ???
Periophthalmus sobrinus (mudskipper)
East African mangrove trees:
Rhizophora mucronata, Ceriops tagal, Bruguiera gymnorrhiza
Xylocarpus granatum, Xylocarpus moluccensis
all text and photographs copyrightę 2001 - 2012 David
Gillikin and Anouk Verheyden
Created 05 January 2000