Mangroves Are Nurseries for Reef Fish

Publication: National Geographic News   Date: February 4, 2004   View Article

Mangroves—forests of tropical trees and shrubs rooted in saltwater sediments between the coast and the sea—are crucial nurseries for coral reef fish, according to a new study.

The finding highlights the importance of the rapidly dwindling habitats to reef communities.

“Beyond showing they are important, we showed they are much more important than even assumed,” said Peter Mumby, a marine biologist at the University of Exeter, England.

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