, Volume 232, Issue 1, pp 47-56

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Composition and seasonality of benthic invertebrates, and drift in the Naro Moru River, Kenya

  • J. M. MathookoAffiliated withDepartment of Biological Sciences, Egerton University
  • , K. M. MavutiAffiliated withDepartment of Zoology, University of Nairobi

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A survey was carried out to establish the nature and composition of the benthos along the Naro Moru, a tropical river in central Kenya using artificial substrate baskets, from November 1986 to October 1987. A clear longitudinal zonation existed for Diptera and Ephemeroptera which were the major benthic taxa. Maximum colonization took place after ten days of exposure.

Seasonal variations in abundance were also observed. All taxa collected from the bottom samples were also collected in the drift samples, but the percentage composition of the benthos showed variations with that of the drift. Simulium sp. dominated the benthos whilst Baetis spp. dominated the drift. There was a positive correlation between drift rate and benthic fauna density.

Key words

benthos composition zonation artificial substrate baskets drift Kenya