The marine and estuarine communities in Terra Ceia Aquatic Preserve are ecologically
important as wildlife habitat, storm protection and land stabilization. Mangrove communities are abundant, hosting
all four species of mangroves native to Florida (red, black, white and buttonwood).
Because of its somewhat subtropical climate Terra Ceia Aquatic Preserve supports considerable
biodiversity, including many rare species.
Invasive and Problem Species The proximity of the preserve to Tampa Bay and shipping makes the preserve especially
vulnerable to exotic invasive species.