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Wetland Plant, Nelumbo nucifera Gaertn. (Lotus) serving as a Habitat for Macroinvertebrates

Author Affiliations

  • 1Department of Zoology, University of Jammu, Jammu, J&K 180006, INDIA

Int. Res. J. Biological Sci., Volume 2, Issue (7), Pages 1-5, July,10 (2013)


The present communication deals with the study of association of macroinvertebrate fauna with a wetland plant, Nelumbo nucifera Gaertn. (Lotus) during the period extending from July, 2010 to June, 2011. The present study revealed association of 3 phyla with Nelumbo nucifera viz., Annelida (18.34%), Arthropoda (53.32%) and Mollusca (28.52%) constituting a total of 2388 organisms/m. The macroinvertebrates were found to utilize Nelumbo vegetation as their habitat as different stages of their life cycle viz., eggs, larvae, pupae and adults were observed to show an intimate relationship with the plant. Statistical analysis was done and Physico-chemical parameters were also analysed which showed well marked seasonal fluctuations.


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