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a root that grows from and supports the stem above the ground in plants such as mangroves

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The mangrove may be directly exposed or poisoned via adsorption of the toxic soluble fractions of PAHs through the pneumatophores and prop roots. Mangroves may also be affected by chronic exposures to PAHs--contaminated sediments.
Many animals find shelter in the quiet waters around the prop roots. Bacteria and tiny animals drift about there.
In each lagoon site, six 30x2m randomly laid transects with at least 10m separation were laid abutting grounded prop roots and underneath overhanging roots, while number of transects per site in fringing mangrove stands were limited to five on Utila and three on Cayos Mejor due to fragmentation (depth=0.21.2m).
During the day, large numbers of medusae were found swimming close to the surface in between the prop roots. These areas were observed during snorkeling at dusk, to monitor possible migrations by the medusae at nightfall.
Mangrove prop roots create rich, colorful nurseries for fish and marine life; above, branches offer habitat for birds and other wildlife.
Prop roots are modified adventitious roots proving anchorage and stability.
viridis in Tampa Bay include colonization of mangrove prop roots, oyster reefs and seagrass beds, resulting in displacement of native species (Baker & Benson 2002, Baker et al.
As I hunkered down among the prop roots, something caught my eye.
In the Caribbean, red mangroves (Rhizophora mangle) produce extensive networks of aerial prop roots [greater than]1 cm in diameter that extend below lowest low water (LLW) before reaching and anchoring into peat or silty benthos (Gill and Tomlinson 1977).
Trees that survived put out fewer, shorter prop roots and had more dead root protuberances.
Isopods also were hand-picked from red mangrove prop roots and from under beach wrack that had accumulated above the high water mark.
1-2: Red mangroves are distinguished from other mangroves by their distinctive prop roots that arch gracefully over the sediment, FWRI's Carlson explains.
Taxa recorded previously as rare in other substrata are common or abundant on the epiphytic macroalgae of mangrove prop roots. Other species are mainly epipelic forms, while 24 are commonly found as tychoplankton in the area.
The red mangroves, with their pale, gnarled trunks and tangled prop roots, are inscrutable, mysterious, and endlessly fascinating.
I was following rhizophora thickets that lined the main channel when my boatman spotted a gap among the tangled prop roots and steered us, slowly, into the heart of the swamp.