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This article compares the net primary production of an estuarine mangrove stand to an island fringing stand in Dutch Bay in northwestern Sri Lanka.
Research Goals & Methods
Net above-ground primary productivity was measured by monitoring litterfall and above-ground biomass increment between 1985 and 1987.
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The article reviews literature on the numbers and distributions of Sri Lankan mangrove species and highlights the causes of overestimation. It also attempts to provide an accurate count based on standardized ﬁeldwork over a 4-year period along the coast between Palatupana and Puttalam, Sri Lanka. The authors name some examples of mischaracterized or misidentified species from previous studies and address the importance of clearly deﬁning the terms for mangroves.
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