Animals living in the Seasonal/Intermittent Freshwater Marshes/Pools (under 8ha) habitat

Seasonal or Intermittent freshwater marshes and pools range in size. The smaller ones, under 8 hectares in size, generally dry up completely at certain times of year. These pools are sometimes frequented by certain species of otter including the Southern River Otter or Huilin.

A number of species of frog and toad are dependent on small seasonal pools and marshes for breeding, spending the rest of the year on land. Various birds also visit them, including grebes and ducks. Some waterbirds may also breed in these seasonal marshes or pools. Some small land birds also like these areas to breed in.

These marshes include natural water meadows, which are valuable to humans for grazing cattle. In tropical areas, seasonal pools can become waterholes, attracting a variety of animals, up to and including elephants. As these pools and marshes are seasonal, many of the animals that frequent them are at least somewhat migratory, visiting the pools during the wet season and moving to more permanent water when they dry up.


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


African elephant

Dugongs, manatees, and sea cows

American manatee
African manatee

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