International Journal of
Fisheries and Aquaculture

  • Abbreviation: Int. J. Fish. Aquac.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 2006-9839
  • DOI: 10.5897/IJFA
  • Start Year: 2010
  • Published Articles: 223

Review

Macroinvertebrates in streams: A review of some ecological factors

Qazi A. Hussain* and Ashok K. Pandit
Department of Environmental Science, University of Kashmir, Srinagar –190006, India
Email: [email protected]

  •  Accepted: 12 June 2012
  •  Published: 31 August 2012

Abstract

 

Macroinvertebrates are an important component of stream ecosystems and are a link in the transfer of material and energy from producers to top level consumers and also act as excellent bioindicators of stream health. This review discusses some of the factors whichregulate the occurrence and distribution of stream macroinvertebrates namely water current, temperature, substrate, drainage basin land use/land cover, vegetation, pH of water, drought, flood, food, shade and stream geomorphology.

 

Key words: Macroinvertebrates, bioindicator, current speed, substratum, temperature, vegetation, flood.