|Central coordinates||49o 13.00' East 18o 41.00' South|
|IBA criteria||A1, A3, A4i|
|Altitude||10 - 80m|
|Year of IBA assessment||2001|
Site description The site is located 65 km south of Toamasina and 30 km north of Ambila-Lemaitso, on the east coast of Madagascar. It comprises the stretch of the Pangalanes Canal between Ambila-Lemaitso and Tampina, as well as lakes (including Lakes Rasoabe, Rasoamasay, Loakangady and Filomo) and scattered forests. The aquatic vegetation in the canal and lakes includes Cyperus and (rarely) water-lilies Nymphaea and Najas. Islets and banks at the water-margins are covered by Typhonodorum, Carex, Cyperus, Pandanus, Fimbristylis, Melaleuca and Scirpus. On dry land, there are littoral or low-altitude, dense, humid evergreen forests, as well as plantations of Casuarina, Cocos, Eucalyptus, Raphia and Musa.
Key Biodiversity See Box and Table 3 for key species. Forty-five species are known from the site, of which 13 are endemic to Madagascar. In one recent visit, a few Anas melleri and a significant congregation of Glareola ocularis were noted.
Non-bird biodiversity: Lemur: Daubentonia madagascariensis (EN).
|Species||Season||Period||Population estimate||Quality of estimate||IBA Criteria||IUCN Category|
|Meller's Duck Anas melleri||resident||1997||present||-||A1, A3||Endangered|
|Madagascar Pratincole Glareola ocularis||non-breeding||1997||121 individuals||-||A4i||Vulnerable|
|Red-fronted Coua Coua reynaudii||resident||1997||present||-||A3||Least Concern|
|Land-use||Extent (% of site)|
References Pidgeon (1996), Raveloson (1977).
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Recommended citation BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: North Pangalanes wetlands. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 28/11/2014
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