The aquatic macroinvertebrate fauna of the Murray River is presented based on surveys and scientific literature. Insects dominate the aquatic macroinvertebrate fauna but the non-insect groups such as the crustaceans, molluscs, worms and other primitive classes are also well represented. The distribution of the fauna is discussed in relation to the four physical and biological zones of the river; the Headwater, Riverine, Mallee and Lower Murray tracts. The biology and ecology of many groups is documented and, where possible, the impacts of human influences on the invertebrates of the Murray River are given.
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