812343 Taxonomy and ecology of benthic invertrebrates

Lecture and exercise
Semester hours
Lecturer (assistant)
Novotny, Christoph , Huber, Thomas , Leitner, Patrick , Graf, Wolfram
Offered in
Wintersemester 2023/24
Languages of instruction


Systematic, taxonomy, anatomy and morphology of benthic invertebrates in general;
physiological aspects of aquatic invertebrate life, species traits and functional guilds;
zoogeography, migration, dispersal;
practical work: taxonomic determination of several benthic invertebrate groups (e.g. Ephemeroptera, Plecoptera, Trichoptera) to best level possible

Objective (expected results of study and acquired competences)

Understand principles of zoological systematics and taxonomical work.
Use morphological features to identify benthic macro-invertebrates with taxonomic keys from taxa-group to species level.
Classify functional groups based on morphological features (feeding-type, current preference, etc).
Relate benthic invertebrate communities to habitat categories, river types and eco-regions.
Apply knowledge of ecology, physiology, and zoogeography of benthic invertebrates to understand aquatic ecosystem functioning.
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