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mangrove

(Encyclopedia) mangrove, large tropical evergreen tree, genus Rhizophora, that grows on muddy tidal flats and along protected ocean shorelines. Mangroves are most abundant in tropical Asia, Africa, and...

Ten Thousand Islands

(Encyclopedia) Ten Thousand Islands, group of small islands in the Gulf of Mexico, off SW Fla., covered with mangrove forests and surrounded by clam beds. Most of the islands are in Everglades National Park. ...

Melville Island

(Encyclopedia) Melville Island, 2,240 sq mi (5,802 sq km), Northern Territory, N Australia, in the Timor Sea 16 mi (26 km) off the coast. It is 65 mi (105 km) long and 45 mi (72 km) wide and is separated from...

Liguasan Marsh

(Encyclopedia) Liguasan Marsh lĭgwəsän´, lĭgwä´sän [key], extensive swamp region, c.25 mi (40 km) long and 20 mi (30 km) wide, along the Pulangi River, S central Mindanao, the Philippines. There are ...

verbena

(Encyclopedia) verbena, common name for some members of the Verbenaceae, a family of herbs, shrubs, and trees (often climbing forms) of warmer regions of the world. Well-known wild and cultivated members of t...

Sundarbans

(Encyclopedia) Sundarbans, large, heavily forested swamp region, c.3,860 sq mi (10,000 sq km), in the S Ganges delta on the Bay of Bengal, about 60% in SW Bangladesh and the rest in West Bengal state, India. ...

snapper

(Encyclopedia) snapper, name for members of the Lutjanidae, a family of spiny-finned food and game fishes found chiefly in tropical coastal waters. Snappers are carnivorous, active, and voracious, with large ...

mudskipper

(Encyclopedia) mudskipper, name for fish of several genera in the subfamily Oxudercinae of the goby family, found in coastal waters of the Indian and Pacific oceans and on the Atlantic coast of Africa....

tannin

(Encyclopedia) tannin,   tannic acid, or gallotannic acid, astringent vegetable product found in a wide variety of plants. Sources include the bark of oak, hemlock, chestnut, and mangrove; the le...

boat-billed heron

(Encyclopedia) boat-billed heron or boatbill, a tropical New World heron , Chochlearius chochlearius. With shorter legs and a squatter appearance than most herons, this bird is remarkable ...