Aquatic Macroinvertebrate 

Identification

Kingdom   Phylum  Class  Order  Family  Genus  Species

Click on an Order below to learn more about their key characteristics.

 

Click on a picture in each Order gallery to learn more about Family level pollution tolerance and key characteristics. 

Ephemeroptera
(Mayflies)  
CaenidaeDorsal.jpg
Plecoptera
(Stoneflies) 
PerlidaeDorsal.jpg
Trichoptera
(Caddisflies)
HydropsychidaeLateral.jpg
 
Diptera
(true flies)
tipulidae.jpg
odonata
(dragonflies/
damselflies)
LibellulidaeDorsal.jpg
megaloptera
(alderflies/
dobsonflies)
sialidae_dorsal.jpg
hemiptera
(true bugs)
corixidae_dorsal1.jpg

Check out an amazing interactive aquatic macroinvertebrate identification guide created by Macroinvertebrates.org and the National Science Foundation!

 
 
 
 
 
Coleoptera

Key Characteristics:

  • Sclerotized body

  • Both adults and larvae may be aquatic

  • Jointed legs

  • No wingpads on larva

  • Wings of adults modified into hardened, protective structure (elytra)

 
 
 
 

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