Apollo Beach in Hillsborough County, Florida — The American South (South Atlantic)
What Role Do Mangroves Play In An Estuary?
Mangrove forests also provide valuable habitat. Mangrove branches are rookeries, or nesting areas, for large coastal birds such as brown pelicans and roseate spoonbills. Mangrove roots provide habitat for oysters, crabs, juvenile fish and barnacles.
Mangrove swamps, with their specialized root systems, help prevent erosion and filter out pollution. They help protect Florida’s uplands from storm winds, waves, and floods.
Water Management District
Alafia River Basin Board
Hillsborough River Basin Board
Location. 27° 47.557′ N, 82° 24.074′ W. Marker is in Apollo Beach, Florida, in Hillsborough County. Marker is on Dickman Rd. Touch for map. Marker is located inside the park. Marker is at or near this postal address: 6690 Dickman Rd, Apollo Beach FL 33572, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. Storm Water and the Estuary (here, next to this marker); Manatee Scar Identification (here, next to this marker); The Life Cycle of the Monarch Butterfly (here, next to this marker); Long-Legged Wading Birds Stalk the Shallows (here, next to this marker); Listen carefully to hear a manatee! (approx. 0.2 miles away); Do You See a Manatee? (approx. 0.2 miles away); A Butterfly’s Habitat (approx. ¼ mile away); De Soto Trail (approx. 5.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Apollo Beach.
Also see . . . What are Mangroves?. Worldwide, more than 50 species of mangroves exist. Of the three species found in Florida, the red mangrove (Rhizophora mangle) is probably the most well-known. It typically grows along the water's edge. The red mangrove is easily identified by its tangled, reddish roots called "prop-roots". These roots have earned mangroves the title, "walking trees". This mangrove, in particular, appears to be standing or walking on the surface of the water. (Submitted on August 3, 2017, by Sandra Hughes of Killen, Usa.)
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Credits. This page was last revised on August 7, 2017. This page originally submitted on August 3, 2017, by Sandra Hughes of Killen, Usa. This page has been viewed 45 times since then. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on August 3, 2017, by Sandra Hughes of Killen, Usa. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.