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Publication Type J
Authors Bhatt, S., D. G. Shah and N. Desai
Title The mangrove diversity of Purna Estuary, South Gujarat, India
Source Tropical Ecology
Abstract The mangroves along the estuaries of South Gujarat, India, have remained largely uninvestigated. The present paper describes the mangroves of Purna estuary, Navsari district, Gujarat. They were studied by undertaking extensive field work over two years. Mangrove density, maps of the area were prepared using unsupervised classification technique of IRS 1-D, LISS III satellite data for the year 2003. This locality which was devoid of any mangroves now harbors about 387 ha of mangroves, most of which is a dense forest. The highlight of this study is the occurrence of seven species of mangroves viz. Avicennia marina var. marina, Sonneratia apetala, Acanthus ilicifolius, Rhizophora mucronata, Ceriops tagal, Bruguiera cylindrica and Aegiceras corniculatum which makes it one of the most diverse mangrove patches in the state. Nine species of mangrove associates and six species of salt marsh are also reported from the area.
ISSN 0564-3295
ISBN 0564-3295
Publication Date Win
Year Published 2009
Volume 50
Issue 2
Beginning Page 287-293
Unique Article Identifier WOS:000269413300009
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