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Publication Type J
Authors De Olivares, D. M.
Title Ecologic characterization of the mangrove of Las Palmitas swamp Zulia State Venezuela
Source Boletin del Centro de Investigaciones Biologicas Universidad del Zulia
Abstract The study was done at Las Palmitas swamp, located on the eastern coast of Lake Maracaibo, between Palmarejo and Point Leiva, Zulia State (Venezuela). The most representative taxa of flora and fauna of the swamp are listed. Also, data based upon samples taken from several different points in the mangrove, are presented on the physical and chemical characteristics of the soil, such as texture, pH, salinity and the cation exchange capacity. Three mangrove species exist in the area; Rhizophora mangle, Laguncularia racemosa and Conocarpus erectus. Acrostichum aureum, Cyperus articulatus and Thespesia populnea are common plants found along the edge of the swamp. In the water samples, several genera of algae belonging to the Cyanophyta, Chlorophyta and Chrysophyta were identified. Among the mangrove fauna, the arthropods, mollusks, fish and birds are the most abundant. Species of commercial value are among the fish; and the avifauna is composed of several typical resident species as well as migratory species. Due to indiscriminate cutting of the mangrove trees and uncontrolled hunting in the area, it is important to conduct further studies to establish an adequate information base upon which decisions can be made involving the future conservation of the area.
ISSN 0375-538X
ISBN 0375-538X
Publication Date 1986-1988
Year Published 1988
Volume 17
Beginning Page 91-120
Unique Article Identifier BCI:BCI199090109485
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