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Use of Aquatic Insects in Water quality assessment of Ponds around two Cement Factories of Assam, India

Author Affiliations

  • Department of Ecology and Environment Science, Assam University, Silchar-788004, INDIA

Int. Res. J. Environment Sci., Volume 2, Issue (7), Pages 15-19, July,22 (2013)


Present study was carried out using aquatic insects as bio monitors in a few ponds located near Badarpur and Bokajan cement factories, Assam, North East India. Study revealed presence of aquatic insect order Hemiptera, two families (Gerridae and Notonectidae) and three species (Anisops sp. , Gerris sp. and Buenoa sp.) from the ponds located around Cement factory, Badarpur. Anisops sp. was found eudominant in all the ponds except pond 1 where Gerris sp. was eudominant. Ponds (pond 5 and 6) located around Bokajan Cement Factory revealed presence of two aquatic insect orders (Hemiptera and Odonata), five families (Notonectidae, Gerridae, Nepidae, Coenagrionidae and Libellulidae) and eight species (Gerris sp., Anisops sp., Limnometra sp., Ranatra sp., Pseudogrion sp., Ischnura sp., Libellula sp., Sympetrum sp.). In Pond 5, Gerris sp. was found eudominant . In Pond 6, Anisops sp. was found eudominant. In each of the five ponds diversity index (Shannon H' Log Base 10) values were found less than 1 where as signal values were found less than 5.5. Study reported low diversity and occurrence of only tolerant group of aquatic insects in the aquatic systems around the cement factories confirming the fact that aquatic insects are good indicator of water quality.


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