A Mangrove Forest Food Chain: A Who-Eats-What Adventure in by Rebecca Hogue Wojahn

By Rebecca Hogue Wojahn

Utilizing a game-like structure, this booklet illustrates the interplay of vegetation and animals within the Asian mangrove wooded area. The books a number of tale paths display the complex and gentle meals net of the mangrove wooded area. attractive textual content and bright layout aid exhibit key curricular ideas relating to nutrition webs and biomes.

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A scorpion mud lobster rooting around in the shallow water. To see what another scorpion mud lobster is up to, turn to page 32. . an archerfish swimming through the shallows. To see what another archerfish is up to, tur n to pag e 41. frog that . . a crab-eating . To see just laid her eegrgscrab-eating what anoth tu r n to pa ge 54 . , frog is up to Common Kingfisher 48 (Alcedo atthis) Zip! A common kingfisher streaks by in a blue blur. The 6-inch-long (15-centimeter) shimmering blue bird is zooming home with a tiny fish speared in his long, sharp beak.

He flicks his forked tongue in and out, in and out. The lizard learns about the world through his strong sense of smell, and it’s his tongue that picks up the odors around him. Following the smell, the Indian monitor lizard climbs back down the tree and slips into the water. His long body snakes back and forth as he swims. Farther up the river, he finds what he is looking for. The body of a dead saltwater crocodile sprawls on the bank of the river. The lizard’s approach scares off the birds already feasting on the crocodile.

Teonscat snake is another gre ge 58 . pa up to, tu r n to . . an Indian mo scratching in the nitor lizard dirt. To see wha t anoth monitor liza er Indian rd is up to, tu r n to pa ge 4 3. Scorpion mud lobster 32 (Thalassina anomala) Several feet under the muddy, sandy surface of the beach, the 6-inch-long (15-centimeter) scorpion mud lobster uses his claws to dig and dig. He’s tunneling through the packed mud. He’s a decomposer. As he digs, he brings air into the soil. This helps the old, dead bits of plants and animals to decay more quickly.

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