Animals living in the Permanent Saline, Brackish or Alkaline Marshes/Pools habitat

Brackish and alkaline marshes and pools are shallow bodies of water with a high mineral content. In the case of brackish water, the mineral is salt. Brackish marshes and pools usually occur near coastal regions, and their salty nature comes from the fact that much of their water comes from the sea, though brackish water is usually not as salty as sea water.

Plants and animals that live in brackish or alkaline waters must be able to survive the high salt or mineral content of the waters. Fish and plants that that are only adapted to live in fresh water would shrivel up and die in brackish water.

There are several animals that do spend all or part of their lives in brackish water. Invertebrates that live in brackish water include fiddler, hermit and horseshoe crabs, the mangrove jellyfish, and several species of sea anemones and shrimp. Certain varieties of fish, such as the mudskipper and the archer fish, live in brackish mangrove swamps, while other species come to brackish waters to breed. Other brackish water residents include the crocodile and the crab-eating frog. Otters and some manatees are found in brackish water as well.

Even-toed ungulates

Pampas deer


African clawless otter
Cameroon clawless otter
North american otter
La plata otter
Common otter
Speckle-throated otter
Hairy-nosed otter
Indian smooth-coated otter


Saltmarsh harvest mouse
Marsh rice rat

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