Freshwater Macroinvertebrates of NY
Click on the group name in the table below to read about aquatic and semi-aquatic invertebrates that can be found in NY. Information about aquatic insects not found in stream riffles in New York State may not be discussed. A PDF version of these web pages is available: Freshwater Macroinvertebrates of NYS (PDF, 896 KB).
Organisms from these groups can be collected with a kick net from riffle areas in freshwater streams that have substrates consisting of rocks, gravel and sand.
|Name of Group||Representative Picture of Group|
|Mussel, Clams (Mollusca: Pelecypoda)|
|Dragonflies and Damselflies (Odonata)|
|True Bugs (Hemiptera)|
|Dobsonflies and Alderflies (Megaloptera)|
|Water Beetles (Coleoptera)|
|True Flies (Diptera)|
- Glossary of Terms for Aquatic Macroinvertebrates
- About the Macroinvertebrate Photos
- Freshwater Macroinvertebrate Atlas
- Links to identification keys are located under the "Links Leaving DEC Website" on the right side
Peckarsky, B.L., P.R. Fraissinet, M.A. Penton, and D.J. Conklin, Jr. 1990. Freshwater Macroinvertebrates of Northeastern North America. Cornell University Press: Ithaca, New York.
Voshell, J.R. 2002. A Guide to Common Freshwater Invertebrates of North America. McDonald & Woodward Publishing Company: Blacksburg, Virginia.
Merritt, R.W., K.W. Cummins, and M.B. Berg, eds. 2008. An Introduction to the Aquatic Insects of North America. 4th Edition. Kendall/Hunt Publishing Co: Dubuque, Iowa.