The word mangrove is also used to describe the habitat in the same way we use the word rainforest. In tropical regions there can be many species of plants living in the one mangrove habitat.
Often each species of mangrove prefer a range of conditions so they are not evenly spread out.
There are a wide range of animals living in mangroves. Some are specially adapted and only live in mangroves. In the mud, mangroves are home to crabs, snails and mudskippers. Among the tress are insects, spiders and many birds.
Schools of fish move in as the tide rises. Wading birds move in when the tide goes out.