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‘Australia’s Mangroves’

The authoritative guide to
Australia’s mangrove plants.
Written by Norm Duke.
Designed by Diana Kleine.
The University of Queensland,
Centre for Marine Studies, Brisbane.
Published by The University of Queensland
and Norman C Duke, June 2006
ISBN 0 646 46196 6

  • Hardback, spiral-bound book of 200 pages.
  • Includes a water-proof identification key for field use.
  • Descriptions of 41 Australian plant species, 57% of the world’s.
  • Illustrated keys for easy identification, plus full distribution maps.
  • More than 500 colour photographs.
  • State & Territory sections with local specialist contributions.
  • A manual for community awareness.
Mangrove identification wheel

Australia's Mangroves

Newly released mangrove book

‘Australia’s Mangroves’ is the authoritative guidebook to the mangrove plants found in Australian coastal waters – covering all ‘mangrove’ States and Territories. Mangroves are a common coastal habitat occupying more than 18% of the Australian coastline. The book helps demystify this often misunderstood habitat, showing the diversity and special attributes of plants and animals that live there, plus the many benefits and services they provide. The book is designed to be practical and easily portable with over 500 colour photographs, supplemented with clearly illustrated keys including the ‘wheel’, an innovative water-proof field key. There are also detailed botanical descriptions, distribution maps, and flowering/fruiting charts.

‘Australia’s Mangroves’ has been written for a broad audience interested in marine and coastal habitats, including resource managers and environmental planners, researchers, foresters, students of tertiary and secondary school science courses, conservation groups and the general public. The book is relevant to Australia primarily, but also to surrounding countries including Indonesia, East Timor, The Philippines, Papua New Guinea, New Zealand and the western Pacific Islands. Only one species, Avicennia integra, is endemic to Australia, so the other species occur also in surrounding areas.

‘Australia’s Mangroves’ was written and prepared with the generous assistance of key co-contributors, specifically for State sections on Western Australia, Northern Territory, Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria and South Australia. Chief co-contributors include: John Beumer (Queensland Department of Primary Industries & Fisheries), Sabine Dittmann (Flinders University, South Australia), Chris Harty (CH Planning and Environmental Management PL), Neil Saintilan (Department of Environment and Conservation, New South Wales Government), Vic Semeniuk (V&C Semeniuk Research Group, Western Australia), Glenn Wightman (Ethnobiology Group, Department of Natural Resources, Environment and the Arts, Northern Territory Government). Glenn Wightman along with the network of Australian Herbaria further contributed information on the authorised spelling and botanical citation of each species in consideration of this critical and careful revision.

Happy mangroving downunder!


Copies of ‘Australia’s Mangroves’ can be purchased by credit card online from CSIRO Publishing
or alternately you can visit Uniquest

Cost is Australian $50 + $5 GST (if applicable).

Postage and Handling is extra depending on the distance and type of service required.

Bulk orders can be made as needed.

The book has 3 sections

  1. 1.Introduction

    • Sea Trees and Tides
    • Adaptations to the Tidal Zone
    • A World of Tidal Areas
    • Mangrove as Habitat
    • Human Influences
  2. 2.States and Territories

    • Western Australia
    • Northern Territory
    • Queensland
    • New South Wales
    • Victoria
    • South Australia
    • State Features, Distribution map, Species, Natural Changes, Human Impact, Community conservation & Management Response
  3. 3.Description of Species

    • Key to 41 Australia's Mangroves
    • Genus and Species Pages in alphabetical order
Introduction Northern Territory page Species page

Australia's Mangroves - the book

The authoritative guide to Australia’s mangrove plants.

Author: Norm Duke, Design & Layout: Diana Kleine. To see more details of this book - click on the link below

Australia's Mangroves - the book

Getting Involved

If you would like to find out more about us or if you like to initiate your own MangroveWatch group within your area, please contact someone at the Mangrove Hub. We will be happy to help.

  • Mangrove Hub Facilitator
  • Dr Norm Duke
  • MangroveWatch Ltd
    ABN: 44 153 297 771
  • PO Box 1250,
  • Elanora Q 4221
  • Mangrove Hub Email

Mangrove Watch Brochure

You can download our fact and information sheet (see link below) to get more information about the MangroveWatch programs.

Mangrove Watch Brochure