Biogeography of Mangroves on Northern Great Barrier Reef Islands
In 1979 I recorded a total of 21 mangrove species on 40 small islands and islet groups between Lizard Island and Thursday Island, adding 6 species and 31 islands to the records of Stoddart (1980) for this far northern sector of the Great Barrier Reef Province, Australia. The latitudinal range is small (from 11°S to 15°S) and the island records do not show any significant north-south gradient. Propagules are in plentiful supply from the mainland estuaries and larger island populations, and habitat factors are the main determinant of mangrove distribution. The more common mangrove species are consistently associated with particular substrate types and energy regimes and these geomorphically-controlled factors hence determine on which islands, and where on each island, each of these species occur.
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Document Type: Research Article
Publication date: 1983-07-01
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