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Stream Insects and Crustaceans for Healthy Water

The sampling of aquatic macroinvertebrates provides a convenient and cost-efficient method for determining the water quality of a stream.
Aquatic macroinvertebrates are water animals that have no backbone and can be seen without magnification.  Aquatic macroinvertebrates include such animals as crayfish, clams, aquatic snails, aquatic worms, and the aquatic larvae of winged insects.
Aquatic macroinvertebrates can be classified into three groups based on their ability to tolerate water pollution:

Pollution Sensitive: This group of macroinvertebrates are very sensitive to water pollution.  They are generally only found in water of good quality. Stonefly Nymph
Caddisfly Larva
Water Penny
Riffle Beetle
Mayfly Nymph
Gilled Snail
Dobsonfly Larva
Water Flea
Somewhat Sensitive:This group of macroinvertebrates can tolerate low levels of water pollution.  They can be found in water of good or fair quality. Crayfish
Alderfly Nymph
Fishfly Nymph
Damselfly Nymph
Watersnipe Fly Larva
Crane Fly Lar…