Hydrobiological Bulletin

, Volume 21, Issue 2, pp 213–222

Chironomids as water quality indicators in the River Mignone (Central Italy)

  • Marcello Bazzanti
  • Franco Bambacigno

DOI: 10.1007/BF02255447

Cite this article as:
Bazzanti, M. & Bambacigno, F. Hydrobiological Bulletin (1987) 21: 213. doi:10.1007/BF02255447


Chironomids of the River Mignone (Central Italy) were studied in order to examine their community structure and their relationship to some common biological indices (Biotic Score, Extended Biotic Index, Indice Biotique de Qualité Générale) utilizing the total macroinvertebrate fauna (chironomids generally at family level) for water quality assessment in rivers.

A total of 36 taxa belonging to Tanypodinae (2 taxa), Orthocladiinae (22 taxa) and Chironominae (12 taxa) was collected at seven stations four times during a year. The results support the importance of the chironomid identification in water quality assessment studies in rivers, and demonstrate the usefulness of the factorial correspondence analysis as ordination technique based on both qualitative and quantitative chironomid data to determine environmental quality gradients.

The value as bioindicator of some taxa was discussed, and chironomid assemblages were related to biological water quality of the river according to functional feeding groups.


Chironomidae community structure functional groups biological indices River Mignone 

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© Netherlands Hydrobiological Society 1987

Authors and Affiliations

  • Marcello Bazzanti
    • 1
  • Franco Bambacigno
    • 1
  1. 1.Dip. Biologia Animale e dell'UomoUniversità ‘La Sapienza’RomaItaly

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