The present investigation provides an account of the diversity of some groups of higher macroinvertebrates of a few selected freshwater bodies from western Maharashtra. The macroinvertebrate specimens were collected from 12 freshwater bodies from Ahmednagar, Pune and Solapur districts. The water bodies surveyed included: Ujani backwater, Kapurwadi pond, Adhalgaon reservoir, Mula canal, Bhima river site-I and Site-II, Garden tank, Mula dam, Dongargan KT Bandhara, Nira river, Nira-Bhima confluence, and a small Cement tank. A total of 51 taxa (genera/species) of macroinvertebrates were recorded. The macroinvertebrate fauna recorded represents 43 genera and 29 families. It includes 31 insect genera representing 20 families. The mollusk fauna includes 10 genera representing 7 families. In addition to this, crustaceans representing 2 genera and 2 families were also recorded. Insect fauna includes 8 bugs, 5 beetles, 7 dipteran larvae and 12 odonate larvae. The mollusks recorded includes 10 gastropod species and 6 bivalve species. The results obtained will help to update data on the faunal resources of Maharashtra state. The data is indicative of the faunal richness of water bodies studied and hints at necessity of more in-depth faunal surveys in future to explore the diversity of freshwater fauna from the region.
Pande GS, Gaikwad RB, Shelke PS, Wankhede C, Waghmare MS, Talmale SS, Patil SR. A preliminary report on the diversity of selected higher macroinvertebrate groups of some freshwater bodies from Western Maharashtra. International Journal of Entomology Research, Volume 5, Issue 3, 2020, Pages 147-151