Panama Bight Mangroves
About the Area
The Panama Bight Mangroves are important breeding grounds for many reef fish, shrimp, and other animals, all seeking protection from predators in the root tangles.
Species include Rhizophora mangroves, Mangrove yellow warbler (Dendroica petechia bryanti), Mangrove cuckoo (Coccyzus minor), Loggerhead turtle (Caretta caretta), and Leatherback turtle (Dermochelys coriacea).
Mangroves are threatened through siltation from excessive soil runoffs, in addition to activities such as dam construction, transshipment of oil, pesticide use, and shrimp farming.
13,404 sq. km (5,175 sq. miles)
Geographic Location: Northwest South America - Ecuador, Panama, and Colombia Conservation
How do mangroves adapt to life in salty water?
Different species of mangrove trees have different adaptations for dealing with salty water. Some drop salt-filled leaves while others have pores that excrete salt near their leaves. Mangrove tree seeds are also adapted to float so they can colonise new mud flats.