The total ecoregion comprises 2,100 square kilometers (800 square miles)) of shallow coastal waters and land.
Mangrove tree species include typical Atlantic Ocean tropical mangrove species, the red mangrove (Rhizophora mangle) of the Rhizophoraceae, the black mangrove (Avicennia germinans) of the Acanthaceae, and the white mangrove (Laguncularia racemosa) of the Combretaceae family.
Clearing the mangrove forests for development is the greatest conservation threat currently. The mangroves are threatened by coastal urban sprawl, and by managed aquiculture enterprises, such as shrimp farms in Salinas da Margaridas.
- List of plants of Atlantic Forest vegetation of Brazil — flora of its diverse ecoregions.
- Ecoregions in the Atlantic Forest biome
- Mangrove ecoregions
- List of ecoregions in Brazil
- "Maranhão mangroves". Terrestrial Ecoregions. World Wildlife Fund.
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