Environmental Management

, Volume 35, Issue 5, pp 649–666

Terrestrial and Aquatic Invertebrates as Bioindicators for Environmental Monitoring, with Particular Reference to Mountain Ecosystems


DOI: 10.1007/s00267-004-0211-x

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Hodkinson, I.D. & Jackson, J.K. Environmental Management (2005) 35: 649. doi:10.1007/s00267-004-0211-x


The use of terrestrial and aquatic invertebrates as a management tool for monitoring change in ecosystems is reviewed and critically evaluated. Their suitability and value for assessing a range of environmental problems from pollution impacts, through habitat evaluation for conservation to the long-term degradation and recovery of ecosystems, is critically discussed. Guidelines are provided for the choice of appropriate bioindicators. Examples of the use of a broad spectrum of invertebrates to assess a variety of environmental problems are summarized. The particular potential of invertebrates for monitoring montane ecosystems is highlighted.


BioindicationIndicator speciesPollutionHabitat degradationHabitat quality

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of Biological and Earth SciencesLiverpool John Moores University, LiverpoolUK
  2. 2.Stroud Water Research CenterAvondaleUSA