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Chorao Island India

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Location: in the Mandovi snactuary, Goa
Area: 250 ha
Altitude: 0-93 m

Description of site: Chorao Island, is located at the confluence of the Mapusa river flowing in from the north, and the Mandovi river from the south. The low-lying areas of the island support mangrove swamps. The salinity varies from 0.94-29%. The central part of the island is hilly, the altitude ranging from 20 m to 93 m. A road runs some distance into the island. A ferry connects the island to the mainland

Climatic conditions: Humid, tropical monsoon, climate.The average annual rainfall is about 2500 mm, mostly occuring during June and September

Principal vegetation: Common mangrove species include Rhizophora apiculata, R. mucronata, Sonneratia alba, Kandelia candel, Avicennia marina, and A.officbmlis

Disturbances and threats: Some poaching of birds has been reported. Fish culture operations are to commence.

Economic and social values: The island is a tourist attraction

Fauna: The avifauna include migratory and residential species, such as lesser adjutant stork, painted stork, pintail, common teal, cotton teal, garganey, spotbill, shoveller, little grebe, white-necked stork, black-necked stork, egrets, herons, bittern, and fishing eagle. Other fauna include bats, jackals, water snakes, marsh crocodiles, etc Common fish species are Mugil cephalus, M.persica, Chanos chanos, and Lates calcifer Special floral values: The mangrove species Kandelia candel, which is on the brink of extinction elsewhere, is found here in abundance

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