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SANTOS, João Ubiratan M. dos et al. Vegetation of the Jabotitiua-Jatium Protected Environmental Area, municipality of Viseu, Pará, Brazil. Acta Amaz. [online]. 2003, vol.33, n.3, pp.431-444. ISSN 0044-5967.

The Jabotitiua-Jatium Protected Area comprises 14.25 ha in the Municipal District of Viseu in northeast Pará. The area was established by municipal law 002/98 on 7 April 1998 in order to protect a representative sample of coastal Amazonia, including an important nesting site of the endangered scarlet ibis (Eudocimus ruber L.). The objective of this study was to provide floristic information useful for developing a management plan for the area. Four habitat types were found to occur in the area: mangrove, savanna?, mixed palm-forest, and sandy coastal. A Rapid Ecological Assessment (AER) of the area identified 141 species of angiosperms in 61 families. The mixed palm-forest, with 66 species, is the most species-rich habitat. Only four species occur in the mangrove, the most depauperate habitat. The three dominant families are the Fabaceae (15 spp.), Cyperaceae (10 spp.), and Rubiaceae (10 spp.), which, combined, account for 24.82% of the total species occurring in the protected area. Forty-eight species are terrestrial herbs, 38 shrubs, 34 trees, 13 lianas, 5 stem, and 3 epiphytes.

Keywords : Coastal ecosystem; Floristics; Rapid Ecological Assessment; Protected Environmental Area.

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