Community structure and productivity of mangrove forests in two national parks of West Malaysia

D. D. Tan, Wan Juliana Wan Ahmad, A. Maimon

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The species composition, diversity and aboveground biomass of two National Parks in Johor with different habitat types were investigated; Pulau Kukup, which is an island mangrove and Tanjung Piai, which is a smaller coastal mangrove. The objective of the study was to characterize and compare the two mangrove forests in terms of species dominance, diversity and productivity. A study plot of 0.2 ha was established at each site, and all mangrove trees with diameter at breast height ≥ 5 cm were recorded. Results showed that 16 mangrove taxa from four families were recorded within these two study plots. The most dominant species and family was Bruguiera cylindrica and Rhizophoraceae, in both study areas. The H' and E values were 1.54 and 0.64 in Pulau Kukup, and 1.44 and 0.66 in Tanjung Piai, respectively. The similarity for these two forests indicated 40% species overlap between the two mangrove communities. The estimated aboveground biomass in Pulau Kukup was 135.5 t/ha and 133.3 t/ha in Tanjung Piai. Our study indicated that the two neighbouring forest stands were structurally different and complementary to each other. Thus, both areas should be jointly conserved to ensure that the ecological functions of the mangrove forest ecosystems of these Ramsar sites remain intact.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)165-176
Number of pages12
JournalMalaysian Forester
Volume75
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2012

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Keywords

  • Aboveground biomass
  • Mangroves forest
  • Ramsar site
  • Species composition

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Community structure and productivity of mangrove forests in two national parks of West Malaysia. / Tan, D. D.; Wan Ahmad, Wan Juliana; Maimon, A.

In: Malaysian Forester, Vol. 75, No. 2, 07.2012, p. 165-176.

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