87 pages, colour photos, 1 colour map
From the foreword:
"[...] The Kerala State Biodiversity Board has launched a series of handbooks / field guides on the flora and fauna of the state, as part of its public awareness generation programmes. Many a times in the field accurate identification of species is extremely difficult. A hand book listing the species commonly occurring in Kerala with their local name, morphology, distribution, flowering and fruiting season along with uses and supplemented with colourtul photographs will facilitate accurate identification. The biodiversity rich mangrove ecosystems of Kerala is dwindling due to changes in land use and lack of awareness ot the ecological services proved by the mangrove ecosystem. Handbook on Mangroves and Mangrove Associates of Kerala lists 18 true mangroves and 54 mangrove associates commonly found in Kerala. The work is authenticated by proper references and supplemented with a comprehensive index of scientific names, English names and local names separately for ready reference. [...]"
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