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Location Madagascar, Toamasina
Central coordinates 49o 13.00' East  18o 41.00' South
IBA criteria A1, A3, A4i
Area 5,500 ha
Altitude 10 - 80m
Year of IBA assessment 2001

Asity Madagascar (Affiliate)



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).

Populations of IBA trigger species

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

Land-use Extent (% of site)
agriculture -
forestry -

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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