Seagrasses of Southeast Brazil

  • Joel C. CreedEmail author
  • Mariana V. P. Aguiar
  • Agatha Cristinne Soares
  • Leonardo V. Marques
Reference work entry


The tropical/subtropical southeast region of Brazil comprises three coastal and one landlocked state. The region is the most highly developed in Brazil and contains the urban conglomerations of São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro; between 80-89% of native Atlantic rainforest has been lost through conversion. The 1,650 km coastline of the three coastal states represents 22.4% of the Brazilian coastline. Five species of seagrass occur in southeast Brazil. Runoff and terrestrially derived pollution decreases seawater clarity and quality. Although little known, this chapter describes the current state of knowledge on seagrass species and habitat in southeast Brazil, especially with regard to their geography and oceanographic context, species composition and distribution, biology and ecology, conservation, threats and future challenges.


Brazil Conservation Distribution Seagrass Species composition Review 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Joel C. Creed
    • 1
    Email author
  • Mariana V. P. Aguiar
    • 1
  • Agatha Cristinne Soares
    • 1
  • Leonardo V. Marques
    • 1
  1. 1.Departamento de EcologiaUniversidade do Estado do Rio de JaneiroRio de JaneiroBrazil

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