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Mangrove ecosystems of the Indian Ocean region
Kathiresan, K.; Rajendran, N. (2005). Mangrove ecosystems of the Indian Ocean region. Indian J. Mar. Sci. 34(1): 104-113
In: Indian Journal of Marine Sciences. National Institute of Science Communication and Information Resources, CSIR: New Delhi. ISSN 0379-5136, more
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  • Kathiresan, K.
  • Rajendran, N.

    Covering about 47 % of world’s mangrove area, containing 85 % of world’s mangrove species, and occurring in a variety of habitats, the mangrove ecosystem plays a vital role in coastal biodiversity of 30 countries bordering the Indian Ocean. This ecosystem supports a rich species diversity of flora and fauna, but it is facing heavy human pressures and natural stresses, leading to a loss in biodiversity. This calls for urgent measures of conservation and management.

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