Seasonal Variation in the Macrobenthic Invertebrate Densities of Aripal and Watalara Streams of Kashmir Himalaya, India

Authors

  • Zahoor Ahmad Mir Fish Biology and Limnology Research Laboratory, Department of Zoology, University of Kashmir, Srinagar – 190006, Jammu and Kashmir
  • Yahya Bakhtiyar Fish Biology and Limnology Research Laboratory, Department of Zoology, University of Kashmir, Srinagar – 190006, Jammu and Kashmir http://orcid.org/0000-0002-1162-0040
  • Muni Parveen Fish Biology and Limnology Research Laboratory, Department of Zoology, University of Kashmir, Srinagar – 190006, Jammu and Kashmir
  • Niyaz Ali Khan Fish Biology and Limnology Research Laboratory, Department of Zoology, University of Kashmir, Srinagar – 190006, Jammu and Kashmir
  • Robina Kousar Department of Zoology, Abdul Ahad Azad Memorial Degree College Bemina, Srinagar –190018, Jammu and Kashmir
  • Shvetambri Department of Zoology, Central University of Jammu, Rahya – Suchani (Bagla), District Samba, Jammu – 181143, Jammu and Kashmir

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.18311/jeoh/2022/30337

Keywords:

Annelida, Arthropoda, Benthic Macroinvertebrates, Mollusca, Density, Season, Streams

Abstract

The present study reflects the seasonal variation of macrobenthic invertebrates from Aripal and Watalara streams in Kashmir Himalaya. During the study, a significant difference (p<0.05) was observed in the density of Annelida, Mollusca, and Arthropoda on a seasonal scale. Macrobenthic invertebrates were found to be at their highest density during summer and autumn, whereas they were recorded lowest during winter and spring. The total density during summer and autumn was found to be significantly different (p<0.05) when compared to winter and spring seasons. The data also depicted the maximum density of Arthropoda followed by Mollusca and Annelida. The study reveals the seasonal stability of the stream ecosystem within the temperate region and also provides the baseline information for macrobenthic invertebrate community structure.

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2022-07-12

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Mir, Z. A., Bakhtiyar, Y., Parveen, M., Ali Khan, N., Kousar, R., & Shvetambri, . (2022). Seasonal Variation in the Macrobenthic Invertebrate Densities of Aripal and Watalara Streams of Kashmir Himalaya, India. Journal of Ecophysiology and Occupational Health, 22(2), 88–93. https://doi.org/10.18311/jeoh/2022/30337

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