Above- and below-ground biomass of mangroves in a sub-tropical estuary

N. Saintilan*

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Above- and below-ground biomass of five species of mangroves was estimated for the Mary River, south-eastern Queensland. Below-ground: above-ground biomass ratios of species in the upstream reaches (Avicennia marina, Aegiceras corniculatum and Excoecaria agallocha) averaged <0.5, and those of species in the saline conditions of the mouth (Avicennia marina, Rhizophora stylosa) ranged between 0.9 and 1.5. Within the estuary mouth, above-ground biomass of Avicennia marina and Ceriops tagal decreased between frontal saline and upper-intertidal hypersaline environments, and this was reflected in the below-ground: above-ground biomass ratios, which increased to approximately 3.5 for both species.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)601-604
Number of pages4
JournalMarine and Freshwater Research
Issue number7
Publication statusPublished - 1997
Externally publishedYes


  • Intertidal
  • Root mass
  • Salinity
  • Shoot mass

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