Port Honduras Marine Reserve

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Chapter 3. SITE DESCRIPTION

c - Biological features

Habitats

Brief description of dominant and particular habitats (marine and terrestrial)*: List here the habitats and ecosystems that are representative and/or of importance for the WCR (i.e. mangroves, coral reefs, etc):


Marine habitat types found in Port Honduras are sea grass communities, soft bottom communities, and hard bottom communities. Throughout Port Honduras, basins or areas adjacent to low-energy shorelines (often mangrove dominated) with high turbidity are bare clay bottom. Sea grass communities are found in areas where the water is not too turbid and photosynthesis is not impeded. Reef and hard bottom communities are found around the Snake Cayes area and outer banks associated with the cayes where the water quality - salinity, turbidity, and nutrient levels - is more conducive to coral reef development. The dominant terrestrial vegetation type in Port Honduras Marine Reserve is littoral forests and mangroves. The dominant species on the cayes and majority of the mainland is the red mangrove (Rhizophora mangle).

 

Detail for each habitat/ecosystem the area it covers:

Marine / coastal ecosystem categories
Detail for each habitat / ecosystem the area covers
Size (estimate) Description and comments
unit Area covered
Terrestrial ecosystems
Size (estimate)
unit Area covered