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Structural analysis of two mangrove stands, Cajutuba river, municipality of Marapanim, Pará, Brazil

Author(s): João Braullio de Luna Sales | Ulf Mehlig | Josinaldo Reis Nascimento | Luis Fernando Rodrigues Filho | Moirah Paula Machado de Menezes

Journal: Boletim do Museu Paraense Emílio Goeldi : Ciências Naturais
ISSN 1981-8114

Volume: 4;
Issue: 1;
Start page: 27;
Date: 2009;
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Keywords: Forest structure | Amazonian mangroves | Marapanim

The present study describes the structural characteristics of the mangrove forest of the Cajutuba river, municipality of Marapanim, Pará state, Brazil. The point centered quarter method (PCQM) was used to analyze two transects at two different study sites (C1, C2). Three mangrove species were found: Rhizophora mangle L., Avicennia germinans (L.) L. and Laguncularia racemosa C. F. Gaertn. At C1, all three species were registered. C2 is an almost monospecific R. mangle forest (one single tree of A. germinans). At C1, tree heights varied between 4 and 21 m, while diameter ranged between 8,6 and 108,3 cm. At C2, tree height varied between 10 and 22 m, stem diameter between 10,5 and 97,1 cm. C2 presented the highest basal area values. At C1, numerous individuals had intermediate diameters, but small trees also occurred. At C2, 76% of the trees had diameters between 25 and 30 cm, but small trees were almost absent. Diameter and height of mangrove trees at C2 are significantly larger than those at C1. Salinity results are not enough to take conclusive results.
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