Aquatic Insects: Diversity, Ecology and Evolution
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 August 2024 | Viewed by 1692
Aquatic Insects are generally the most important component of freshwater ecosystems in terms of the number of species and their biomass. They do not form a distinct taxonomic group within the class of insects, but are linked by their ecology, as they spend all or part of their life cycle in different types of aquatic habitats. Most of them are merolimnic, i.e., their juvenile life stages are restricted to aquatic habitats, while the adults are terrestrial. There are numerous representatives of aquatic insects, starting with the Ephemeroptera, Plecoptera and Trichoptera (known as EPT taxa), which are widely used in freshwater ecology, water quality assessment and ecosystem-type categorization. However, probably the most numerous aquatic insects, in terms of number of species and their occurrence, in virtually all aquatic habitats are invariably representatives of the order Diptera. Aquatic insects are extremely important for monitoring freshwater ecosystems and many of them serve as bioindicator species. The phenology of aquatic insects is also an interesting topic as well, especially when considering the transition from aquatic to terrestrial habitats. The study of aquatic insects is crucial, not only because many of them are the most important vectors in the transmission of various diseases to humans and animals, but also because aquatic insects are the most numerous and diverse group of animals in aquatic habitats and are therefore essential for understanding the functioning of aquatic ecosystems. Knowledge of aquatic insects is still incomplete for many groups and virtually unknown for some, which may be further exacerbated by climate change and other factors.
With this in mind, we have decided to guest-edit a Special Issue focusing on the diversity, ecology and evolution of aquatic insects. We invite biologists, taxonomists, ecologists, molecular biologists and other scientists to contribute to this Special Issue. Our goal and vision are to acknowledge that the study of aquatic insects is fundamental to today’s science. We are looking for high-quality original submissions and reviews that address and update our understanding of the biological and ecological aspects of aquatic insect fauna.
Dr. Marija Ivković
Manuscript Submission Information
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- aquatic insects
- climate change
- ecological traits
- freshwater habitats
- integrative taxonomy
- species richness