Diversity of mangroves and mangrove associates from Purna Estuary, South Gujarat
Nileshkumar Naik, Arvind Dhabe
The mangrove vegetation covers an area about 1,103 sq. km along the 1,600 km long coastline area including its island territories of Gujarat State. The mangrove cover of the state is distributed over four regions, Kachchh (Kori creek and Sir Creek area), Gulf of Kachchh, Gulf of Khambat and South Gujarat. The present investigation was carried out from purna estuary from south Gujarat during 2014-2017 with the extensive field survey during which 19 species were collected of which 09 species were collected as true mangroves and 10 species were as mangrove associates. The present paper provides the first hand information on density, frequency and occurrence of the mangroves and their associate species from the Purna estuary, South Gujarat.