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Estuarine macrophytes at Bakkhali, Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh with reference to mangrove diversity

Abu Hena, Mustafa Kamal and Bujang, Japar Sidik and A., Aysha and Ahasan, Habib and Short, Frederick T. (2013) Estuarine macrophytes at Bakkhali, Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh with reference to mangrove diversity. Chiang Mai Journal of Science, 40 (4). pp. 556-563. ISSN 0125-2526; ESSN: 2465-3845

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The diversity and ecosystem significance of macrophyte communities was studied, with emphasis on the mangrove species in the Bakkhali estuary of Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh. Macrophytes of the Bakkhali river estuary were mainly mangroves (Avicennia marina Forssk Vierh and A. alba Blume and Acanthus ilicifolius Linnaeus) of inundation Class-IV; i.e., the mangroves are inundated 2-20 times per month (Watson, 1928), a wild rice variety of salt marsh (Porteresia coarctata Tateoka), Congon grass (Imperata cylindrica P. Beauv.), seagrass (Halophila beccarii Ascherson), macro-algae (Ulva intestinalis Linnaeus, Catenella nipae Zanardini and Hypnea sp.) and mangrove associates Suaeda maritima Only two individual plants of mangrove, Sonneratia apetala and Aegialitis rotundifolia, were found growing in the inter-tidal area of this estuary. On the eastern side of the estuary, almost 100% of the intertidal area is covered by the salt marsh plant P. coarctata, with patches of seagrass Halophila beccarii. The western portion of the estuary is covered by mangroves, mixed with patchy salt marsh and seagrass in and sheltered by a sand bar. Salt marsh and seagrass grow in mangrove dominated sites as 2nd pioneer species in the newly accreted land at the mouth of Bakkhali estuary. These estuarine macrophytes are of both economic and ecological significance and the macrophyte community plays a principal role directly or indirectly in supporting the local communities as source of food, cash and energy.

Item Type:Article
Keyword:Mangroves; Biodiversity; Estuary; Cox's Bazar; Bangladesh
Faculty or Institute:Faculty of Agriculture and Food Sciences
Publisher:Faculty of Science, Chiang Mai University
ID Code:30712
Deposited By: Umikalthom Abdullah
Deposited On:17 Nov 2014 08:26
Last Modified:29 Apr 2016 16:11

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