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dc.contributor.authorMaina, C
dc.contributor.authorMwangi, B.M
dc.contributor.authorJumbe, J.J
dc.date.accessioned2021-03-02T08:54:41Z
dc.date.available2021-03-02T08:54:41Z
dc.date.issued2021
dc.identifier.citationC Maina, BM Mwangi & JJ Jumbe (2021): Species composition and distribution of mayflies (Ephemeroptera) in relation to land use systems along the Thika River, Kenya, African Journal of Aquatic Science, DOI: 10.2989/16085914.2020.1842169en_US
dc.identifier.issn1608-5914
dc.identifier.issn1727-9364
dc.identifier.urihttps://doi.org/10.2989/16085914.2020.1842169
dc.identifier.urihttps://www.tandfonline.com/doi/pdf/10.2989/16085914.2020.1842169?needAccess=true
dc.identifier.urihttp://ir-library.ku.ac.ke/handle/123456789/21683
dc.descriptionA research article published in African Journal of Aquatic Scienceen_US
dc.description.abstractMayflies (order Ephemeroptera) are widely distributed and commonly used in biological assessment of water quality because of their sensitivity. Their application as bio-indicators in tropical streams and rivers, however, is hampered by lack of adequate information about their status in many such ecosystems. The current study investigated their species composition, distribution and abundance in relation to land use and water quality characteristics of the Thika River, Kenya. The Thika River emanates from the Aberdare Ridges and flows through forest, agricultural and urban catchments. Sampling was carried out at three sites representing forest, agricultural and urban land use systems. Dissolved oxygen, conductivity, total dissolved solids, temperature and transparency were measured in situ at each sampling station. Macroinvertebrates were sampled using a modified Hess sampler and the Ephemeropterans were later identified and sorted in the laboratory. Thirteen Ephemeroptera genera belonging to six families were obtained. Mean larvae abundance was 1 238 ind. m−2. Acanthiops (70.4%) and Afronurus (13.3%) dominated the community at all sites. The current study revealed that decreasing Ephemeroptera taxa abundance along the river channel indicates decreasing water quality.en_US
dc.language.isoenen_US
dc.publisherTaylor & Francisen_US
dc.subjectAbundanceen_US
dc.subjectAcanthiopsen_US
dc.subjectAfronurusen_US
dc.subjectMacroinvertebratesen_US
dc.subjectWater qualityen_US
dc.titleSpecies Composition and Distribution of Mayflies (Ephemeroptera) in Relation to Land Use Systems Along the Thika River, Kenyaen_US
dc.typeArticleen_US


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