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Red mangroves

Estuarine tidal swamp (red mangroves)

Community Type Description
Consolidated Substrate Solidified rock or shell conglomerates which include coquina, limerock or relic mollusk reef materials and may be sparsely inhabited by animal and plant species.
Unconsolidated Substrate Expansive, relatively open areas of subtidal, intertidal, and supratidal zones which lack dense populations of sessile plant and animal species.
Mollusk Reef Expansive concentrations of sessile mollusks occurring in intertidal and subtidal zones.
Algal Bed Large populations of macro- or micro-algae.
Seagrass Beds Expansive stands of vascular plants that occur in subtidal (rarely intertidal) zones, in clear, coastal waters where wave energy is moderate.
Estuarine Tidal Marsh Expanses of grasses, rushes and sedges along coastlines of low wave energy and river mouths.
Estuarine Tidal Swamp Dense, low forests occurring along relatively flat shorelines of low wave energy.
Composite Substrate Combinations of natural communities such as seagrass or algal beds with small patches of consolidated or unconsolidated substrate.






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