What Lives in Our Water?
Fish Darter Minnow Sculpin Bluegill
Amphibians Leopard Frog Tadpole Bull Frog and Green Grog
<>  Amphibians Mudpuppy – retains gills throughout life Salamander larva – loses its gills to live on land
Reptiles Newly hatched Snapping turtle Red-eared slider Adult Snapper
Reptiles Queen Snake – common in our area - non-venomous Northern Water Snake – aggressive but non-venomous
None of the previous animals are used to indicate the quality of water in an area – they are nice to find, but are often t...
Indicators of Water Quality Macroinvertebrates –  without backbones, large enough to be seen Many of the macroinvertebrate...
The macroinvertebrates are divided into groups based on their tolerance of poor water conditions. Group 1  – indicators of...
1 Food for many fish Stonefly nymph Stonefly adult
1 Food for many fish Mayfly adult Mayfly nymph
Dobsonfly adult 1 Dobsonfly larva Food for many fish – good bait too!
1 Found in little cases of sand and sticks on the bottom of rocks. Caddisfly adult Caddisfly larva
1 Found on the bottom of rocks. Water Penny larva
1 These are not the water striders that might also be found. Riffle Beetle adults
2 Adults hold wings together when resting. Damselfly larvae Damselfly adult
2 Larvae are voracious predators – often catching fish and tadpoles! Adults hold wings parallel when resting. Dragonfly ny...
2 Cranefly larvae Cranefly adult Might also find horsefly larvae – similar but larger! These are not giant mosquitoes!  Th...
2 Beetle larvae
2 Crustacean – shell on the outside. Crayfish
2 Crustacean – shell on the outside. Look like tiny shrimp Scuds (side swimmers)
2 Crustacean – related to the “roly-polies” found under rocks on land. Sow Bugs (isopods)
2 Clams / mussels
3 Segmented worms – only some are blood suckers.  Good bait too! Leech
3 This insect larva lives in the silt and is often called a “blood worm” due to its red color. Midge larvae
3 This insect larva has a suction cup on one end to ancor it to rocks. Black Fly larvae
1 3 Right hand snails  – have gills and need water with higher oxygen levels Left hand snails  – have lungs and  breathe a...
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Macro In Water

  1. 1. What Lives in Our Water?
  2. 2. Fish Darter Minnow Sculpin Bluegill
  3. 3. Amphibians Leopard Frog Tadpole Bull Frog and Green Grog
  4. 4. <> Amphibians Mudpuppy – retains gills throughout life Salamander larva – loses its gills to live on land
  5. 5. Reptiles Newly hatched Snapping turtle Red-eared slider Adult Snapper
  6. 6. Reptiles Queen Snake – common in our area - non-venomous Northern Water Snake – aggressive but non-venomous
  7. 7. None of the previous animals are used to indicate the quality of water in an area – they are nice to find, but are often the first to go if the water is not good.
  8. 8. Indicators of Water Quality Macroinvertebrates – without backbones, large enough to be seen Many of the macroinvertebrates are insect larvae that spend part of their life cycle as aquatic organisms (note the gills on the pictures)
  9. 9. The macroinvertebrates are divided into groups based on their tolerance of poor water conditions. Group 1 – indicators of good water quality. These have low tolerance of pollutants. Group 2 – indicators of fair water quality. These have moderate tolerance of pollutants. Group 3 – indicators of poor water quality. These have high tolerance of pollutants.
  10. 10. 1 Food for many fish Stonefly nymph Stonefly adult
  11. 11. 1 Food for many fish Mayfly adult Mayfly nymph
  12. 12. Dobsonfly adult 1 Dobsonfly larva Food for many fish – good bait too!
  13. 13. 1 Found in little cases of sand and sticks on the bottom of rocks. Caddisfly adult Caddisfly larva
  14. 14. 1 Found on the bottom of rocks. Water Penny larva
  15. 15. 1 These are not the water striders that might also be found. Riffle Beetle adults
  16. 16. 2 Adults hold wings together when resting. Damselfly larvae Damselfly adult
  17. 17. 2 Larvae are voracious predators – often catching fish and tadpoles! Adults hold wings parallel when resting. Dragonfly nymph Dragonfly adult
  18. 18. 2 Cranefly larvae Cranefly adult Might also find horsefly larvae – similar but larger! These are not giant mosquitoes! They are harmless and lousy flyers. Crane Fly larvae Crane Fly adult
  19. 19. 2 Beetle larvae
  20. 20. 2 Crustacean – shell on the outside. Crayfish
  21. 21. 2 Crustacean – shell on the outside. Look like tiny shrimp Scuds (side swimmers)
  22. 22. 2 Crustacean – related to the “roly-polies” found under rocks on land. Sow Bugs (isopods)
  23. 23. 2 Clams / mussels
  24. 24. 3 Segmented worms – only some are blood suckers. Good bait too! Leech
  25. 25. 3 This insect larva lives in the silt and is often called a “blood worm” due to its red color. Midge larvae
  26. 26. 3 This insect larva has a suction cup on one end to ancor it to rocks. Black Fly larvae
  27. 27. 1 3 Right hand snails – have gills and need water with higher oxygen levels Left hand snails – have lungs and breathe air - can live in polluted water

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