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Ecological biogeography of mangroves in Sri Lanka

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M. D. Amarasinghe ,

University of Kelaniya, Kelaniya, LK
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Department of Botany
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K. A. R. S. Perera

The Open University of Sri Lanka, Nawala, Nugegoda, LK
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Abstract

The relatively low extent of mangroves in Sri Lanka supports 23 true mangrove plant species. In the last few decades, more plant species that naturally occur in terrestrial and freshwater habitats are observed in mangrove areas in Sri Lanka. Increasing freshwater input to estuaries and lagoons through upstream irrigation works and altered rainfall regimes appear to have changed their species composition and distribution. This will alter the vegetation structure, processes and functions of mangrove ecosystems in Sri Lanka. The geographical distribution of mangrove plant taxa in the micro-tidal coastal areas of Sri Lanka is investigated to have an insight into the climatic and anthropogenic factors that can potentially influence the ecological biogeography of mangroves and sustainability of these mangrove ecosystems.

How to Cite: Amarasinghe, M. D., & Perera, K. A. R. S. (2017). Ecological biogeography of mangroves in Sri Lanka. Ceylon Journal of Science, 46(5), 119–125. DOI: http://doi.org/10.4038/cjs.v46i5.7459
Published on 23 Nov 2017.
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