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Whangateau Harbour - Gem of Auckland’s Estuaries - Mangrove Propagules
Image by Roger Grace, published on 04/05/2011
Mangroves are important in many ways. They provide shelter for juvenile fish, and their fallen leaves are consumed by fungi and bacteria at the beginning of the estuarine food chain. Mangroves spread by dropping green propagules on the water, which float around for a few days then sink. If near the upper shore they put down roots quickly.
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