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Researchers document large-scale changes in insect species inhabiting streams and rivers

19:00 EST 30 Nov 2016 | AAAS

(Utah State University) Scientists from Utah State University and the US Environmental Protection Agency have shown that the frequencies of occurrence of hundreds of freshwater insect species have changed relative to historical conditions. Nearly all of the historically most common insect species examined have declined, whereas less common species varied in their responses. These declines are of concern because insects represent a large fraction of the biodiversity in freshwater ecosystems, they support fish populations, and they help maintain high water quality.

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