QUANTITATIVE ASSESSMENT OF TRUE MANGROVES PRESENT AT BHITARAKANIKA WILD LIFE SANCTUARY, ORISSA, INDIAP.K. Dash, D. Panda, N.K. Dhar, N.C. Rout, S.D. Muduli and K.S. Rao
Quantitative structure of true mangroves of Bhitarakanika wildlife sanctuary, Orissa was studied in five forest blocks viz. Khola, Dangamal, Bhitarkanika,Thakurdia and Habalikhati from January to July 2005. During the course of investigation 29 species of true mangroves were found to be present in the sanctuary.The species like Avicenia alba,A. marina, Bruguiera c-ylindrica, Bruguiera parviflora, Ceriops toga!, Lumnitzera racemosa. Rhizophora apiculata, It mucronata and Sonneratia alba were rarely encountered at Khola, Dangamal and Bhitarakanika regions, while Cerbera manghas, Kandelia candel, Sapium indicum and Xylocarpus mekongenesis were hardly observed at the Habalikhati and Thakurdia region. Avicennia officinnalis is observed to be most dominant species within the sanctuary area followed by Heritiera fomes and Excoecaria agallocha.
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