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ISSN: 2320-964X (Online) 

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Int. Journal of Life Sciences, 2016; 4(1):107-115 |  Available online, April 11, 2016

Diversity of benthic macro-invertebrates in four tributaries of River Narmada in the central zone, India


Golwalkar Rachna Deo1, Sleeqa Banoo1, Mustaq Tehmeena1, Diwan Suniti1,

Kumar Ankit2  and  Vyas Vipin3*

1Department of Zoology and Applied Aquaculture, Barkatullah University, Bhopal, India

2Department of Environmental Sciences and Limnology, Barkatullah University, Bhopal, India

3Department of Bioscience, Barkatullah University, Bhopal, India

*Corresponding Author-

Received: 03.02.2016   |    Accepted: 16.03.2016    |     Published : 11.04.2016

The present study examines the distribution of benthic macro-invertebrate fauna in the four seasonal tributaries of River Narmada in the central zone to evaluate the benthic macro-invertebrates community assemblages in predicting the water quality status. During the present investigation, total 8 sampling stations (two sampling stations on each tributary) were identified and from these stations 30 taxa of benthic macro-invertebrates were recorded. Among the major taxonomic composition phylum arthropoda was found at dominant (63%) position, whereas values of Shannon-Wiener diversity index was found between 1.12 – 2.10 which indicates moderate pollution status at all stations. Values of Pielou evenness index (0.67-0.96) showed equability in the apportionment of individuals among the species at all stations while, range of Margalef diversity index varied from 0.94 to 3.58 indicates extremely low species richness and low abundance with physically disturbed areas in poor condition of colonization by aquatic organisms.

Keywords- Benthic-macroinvertebrate, Tributary, Central Zone, River Narmada


Editor: Dr. Arvind Chavhan


Cite this article as:

Golwalkar Rachna Deo, Sleeqa Banoo, Mustaq Tehmeena, Diwan Suniti, Kumar Ankit  and  Vyas Vipin (2016) Diversity of benthic macro-invertebrates in four tributaries of River Narmada in the central zone, India. International J. of Life Sciences, 4(1): 107-115.



Authors would like to thanks Miss Anjali Chaurasiya, Mr. Vikram Singh and Mr. Bilal Nabi for their help and support during field visits. Sincere thanks to Mrs. Reetu Sharma who helped during identification of benthic macro-invertebrates.


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