Mangrove description - French Polynesia

The French Polynesia, an overseas territory of France, is an archipelago constituted by approximately 130 islands mainly divided in five groups: the Society Islands, the Marquesas, the Australs, the Gambiers and the Tuamotu Archipelago. The existence of indigenous mangroves on the Society Islands has been debated for a long time. Records of the presence of mangroves can be tracked back to 1780, although several, more recent sources lack information on mangroves. However in 1975 Rhizophora stylosa was documented on Moorea Island, in association with Acrostichum aureum, reaching 3 m in height. Mangroves are found especially along the west coast, at Haapiti and at Bora Bora. The presence of mangroves in Tahiti has been also documented. It is considered unlikely that these species are indigenous. They have probably been accidentally introduced from elsewhere in the Pacific.

Taylor, F.J. 1979. Rhizophora in the Society Islands. Pacific Science, 33(2): 173-176
UNEP-WCMC. 2001. French Polynesia. Protected Areas Programme.
Yonger, M. 2002. Approche de la pêcherie récifo-lagonaire de Moorea (Polynésie Francaise): évaluation de la production halieutique et de la population de pêcheurs. Mémoire de fin d¿études pour l¿obtention du diplôme d¿Agronomie approfondie spécialisation halieutique.

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The information provided above will be used as an input to the revised World Atlas of Mangroves and as national level description in the Forest Resources Assessment (FRA) 2005 Thematic study on Mangroves.

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last updated:  Friday, October 6, 2006