Benthic Fauna of Lakes

  • Robert G. Wetzel
  • Gene E. Likens


The animals living on and in the sediments and large plants of lakes are usually highly diverse. Much emphasis in the study of benthic fauna has been given to the immature stages of insects that often make up the dominant part of the total animal biomass of these habitats. Nearly all insect orders are represented. Some orders of insects are entirely aquatic; others inhabit fresh waters only during certain life stages. Segmented worms (oligochaetes and leeches), microcrustacea (ostracods), and macrocrustacea (mysids, isopods, decapods, and amphipods) often form major components of benthic fauna of fresh waters.


Aquatic Insect Benthic Organism Benthic Fauna Length Class Multiple Corer 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Robert G. Wetzel
    • 1
  • Gene E. Likens
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Biology, College of Arts and SciencesUniversity of AlabamaTuscaloosaUSA
  2. 2.Institute of Ecosystem StudiesThe New York Botanical Garden, Cary ArboretumMillbrookUSA

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