Macroinvertebrates and water quality: a teaching guide
Hicks, B.J. (2002). Macroinvertebrates and water quality: a teaching guide. CBER Contract Report 18, prepared for the Biotin teachers' evening. Hamilton, New Zealand: Centre for Biodiversity and Ecology Research, Department of Biological Sciences, The University of Waikato.
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Streams support a diverse community of plants and animals on or in the stream bed. These organisms comprise the benthos. Among the benthos are worms, molluscs, crustaceans, and larval insects. Insect larvae are usually the most numerous animals of the benthos. Collectively the animals of the benthos are known as benthic macroinvertebrates because of where they live, and their large size (often 10-35 mm).
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