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Journal of Marine Science: Research & Development

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Aquatic Insects Fauna of Meshkin Shahr, Ardabil Province, Northwestern Iran, 2014

Shayeghi Mansoreh, Moradi Asl Eslam, Saeidi Zahra, Mozafari Ehssan, Poudat Abbas, Salimi Mojtaba and Vatandoost Hassan*

Department of Medical Entomology and Vector Control, School of Public Health, Tehran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran

*Corresponding Author:
Vatandoost Hassan
Department of Medical Entomology and Vector Control
School of Public Health, Tehran University of Medical Sciences
Tehran, Iran
Tel: +98912-1594182

Received date: June 09, 2006; Accepted date: August 18, 2016; Published date: August 25, 2016

Citation: Mansoreh S, Eslam MA, Zahra S, Ehssan M, Abbas P, et al. (2016) Aquatic Insects Fauna of Meshkin Shahr, Ardabil Province, Northwestern Iran, 2014. J Marine Sci Res Dev 6:206. doi:10.4172/2155-9910.1000206

Copyright: © 2016 Mansoreh S et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.

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Aquatic insects; Faunistic; Meshkin Shahr; Iran


Aquatic insects are a group of arthropods that can live in freshwater and brackish water successfully with spending at least one stage of their life cycle in water. Actually more than 30,000 species of aquatic insect have been identified which live in freshwater and only several hundred are living in marine environments [1]. Vast majority of insect spend their primary stage in water while adults are terrestrial, for instance orders of Ephemeroptera (Mayfly), Odonata (Dragonfly and Damselfly), Plecoptera (Stonefly), Trichoptera (Caddiesfly), Megaloptera (Alderfly), Neuroptera (Lacewings), Diptera (Flies), Lepidoptera (Moths) and Hymenoptera (Wasps). There are some species of Coleoptera (Beetle) and Hemiptera (Bug) mentioned as fully aquatic that larval, nymphal and adults stage exist in water [2]. Semi aquatic insect are related to semi aquatic and aquatic vegetation, the habitat of water margin and water surface [1]. Some of aquatic insects play an important role in transmitting diseases such as Malaria, Yellow fever, Dengue, Filariasis and some other Arboviral diseases [3]. Some of them like dragonfly and damselfly can be the host of termatodes [4]. A few of them have physical and mental annoyance and dermal damage on human and animal host by painful bite [5]. Some aquatic insects play a vital role as water recourse contamination indicators (e.g. Ephemeroptera, Plecoptera and Trichoptera (EPT)). The number of EPT species is mentioned as “Biological indicator “of water quality [6]. Water quality evaluation is performed by comparing of intolerant and tolerant species [7]. Some of theme in primary stages is used in toxicological investigation [1]. In freshwaters aquatic insects have critical function in nutrient recycling and decomposition [8]. They act by various functions as shredders, scrapers, filter feeders and predators. Some of them are very important in trophic dynamics, energy flow and food chain such as Trichopteran [9] and one of the main food source for amphibian and fishes [2] in this way they play an important role in ecosystem. Because of the scarcity of fauna and biodiversity studies of aquatic insects in Iran we decided to conduct a survey in Ardabil province, Meshkin shahr, northwestern Iran and attempt to open a new window to vast aquatic insects' world.

Materials and Methods

This study was conducted on Sablan River located in Meshkgin shahr towne in Ardabil province, in the northwestern of Iran. The river turns into a small river and a branch enter in to the Parikhan village and other branches located in the village of Kojanaq. Meshkin Shahr is located at the hillside of Sabalan so over the years is it has plenty of warm and cool of water (Figure 1).


Figure 1: Map of study area in Ardabil Province, Iran.

Collection methods

Several methods were used to collect samples D-frame nets, dipping and direct search on the stones of river floor stones. Different habitats in rivers were studied (full and partial sunlight, shaded, with and without vegetation, as well as in fast and slow flow). Specimens were picked up using forceps and placed in glass jars with labels and preserved in Ethanol. Labels indicate the sampling site and date of collection. All collected samples were identified using morphological characteristics of standard keys [2].

Study area

Ardebil province is one of the thirty-one provinces of Iran. It is in the northwest of the country, in Regions 3, bordering the Republic of Azerbaijan, the provinces of East Azerbaijan, Zanjan, and Gilan. The province is divided into 10 counties: Ardabil, Bilasavar, Germi, Khalkhal, Kowsar, Meshkin Shahr, Namin, Sarein, Nir, and Parsabad. One of the most ancient city in Iran, is Meshkin Shahr. It is located in the north-west of Iran in Ardebil and its distance to Tehran is 839 kilometers. It is the nearest city to the Sabalan high mountain. The weather of this city and the district of Meshkin Shahr is moderate mountainous. Its coordinates are 38°30'0" N and 47°49'60" E in DMS (Degrees Minutes Seconds) or 38.5 and 47.8333 (in decimal degrees) (Figure 2).


Figure 2: Aquatic insect family composition in study area.


Totally, 262 samples were collected belonging to 6 orders (Coleoptera, Ephemeroptera, Hemiptera, Diptera, Plecoptera and Trichoptera) and 12 families (Elmidae, Leptophlebiidae, Ecdyonuridae, Corixidae, Culicidae, Simulidae, Perlidae, Leptoceridae, Hydropsychidae, Chironomidae, Caenidae and Baetidae) (Table 1). The most predominant family were Culicidae (Culicidae (50%) and (Plecoptera: Perlodidae) has the lower population size (0.5%). The identified species are listed in Table 1. In this study, the Diptera order are dominant with 183 (61/44%) and Plecoptera least order of 1 (0.05%). 75/5% samples collected were nymphs or larvae and 24/5% adults. 4 families were collected from ephemeroptera order and 3 families from diptera order. One or two families were collected from another order (Figure 3) (Table 1).

Percentage% Nymph/ Larvea No. Adult No. Total No. Family Order NO.
11.5 - 30 30 Elmidae Coleoptera 1
0.05 1 - 1 Leptophlebiidae Ephemeroptera 2
1.15 3 - 3 Ecdyonuridae   3
0.05 1 - 1 Cenidae   4
4 - 10 10 Baetidae   5
9.5 - 24 24 Corixidae Hemiptera 6
8.5 21 - 21 Chironomidae Diptera 7
50 132 - 132 Culicidae   8
11.5 30 - 30 Simulidae   9
0.05 1 - 1 Perlidae Plecoptera 10
0.05 1 - 1 Leptoceridae Trichoptera 11
3.5 8 - 8 Hydropsychidae   12
100 198 64 262 - Total 13

Table 1: Aquatic insects collected from the various sampling sites, Sabalan Rivers, 2014.


Figure 3: Families of collected aquatic insects.


This study provides the first formal data with regard to the aquatic insects’ fauna in a part of Sablan River in Ardabil province, Iran. In the present study, were collected various species belonging to aquatic insects. Total number of 262 samples identified to 6 Orders and 12 families by using microscope. This study compared to other studies of species diversity is more. Diptera order with 50% of collected sample was the most abundance frequent.

At study that by shayeghi et al. accomplished in Zayande Roud River, Diptera order includes over 50% samples. Shayeghi et al. [10] Culicidae family were maximum groups in this study that Mousakazemi et al. [11] and Abai et al. [12] also found the same results. The orders Trichoptera and Plecoptera whit the lowest frequency in this study. In a recent investigation, one familie of Plecoptera and one family of Trichoptera were identified: Perlidae and Leptoceridae. In similar research Perlodidae was reported from the north of Iran but Perlidae not collected [13]. But the study Shayeghi et al. [10], predominant family and genus were Perlidae (49.7%) and Perla (49.7%) belonging to Plecoptera order. Coleoptera order was one of the abundance collected aquatic insect (11/5%) in our study that research conducted by Shayeghi [14] were agree with our results [10]. The only one family (Elmidae) of Coleoptera order was gathered. Riffle beetles in the family Elmidae are frequent members of the invertebrate community of running water. This family of coleoptera identified in a study Varnosfaderany 2008 in Zayandeh Rud River, Iran. The order Ephemeroptera (common name may fly) which was identified in this study is one of the most archaic of winged insect groups. Mayflies (Ephemeroptera) play an important role in almost all undisturbed freshwater communities and their larvae frequently form a considerable part of the material sampled during biomonitoring procedures. In the present study 3 families identified from ephemeroptera order [15-20] (Table 1).

Baetidae is a family of mayflies which was identified in this study. This family has been reported from saline habitats such as the wetlands of the Zarrineh estuary at the south of Urmia Lake in northwestern Iran. Leptophlebiidae, Ecdyonuridae and Cenidae are another families of Ephemeroptera collected in this study. Two of families were reported from Kashan Rivers, and one family were reported from Large River, in Central Iran. The Heteroptera are a group of about 40,000 species of insects in the order Hemiptera. Sometimes called (true bugs). The aquatic Hemiptera have excellent and frequently wonderful adaptations to their environment, exhibiting among them most mar velous variability of construction for their life in or on the water. The local, strictly aquatic species, belong to 10 families of the heteropterous Hemiptera. In this study one family (Corixidae) were collected. In contrast this study no family collected in Zayandeh Rud River and Large River.


In our research, 6 order and 12 families collected in stady area. Abundance of aquatic insects in these areas represents the food in the river are high. Furthermore, can be used for biological control of aquatic insects.


This research was financially supported by School of Public Health, Tehran University of Medical Sciences (TUMS). The authors would like to express our appreciation to the people of villages of near Meshkin shahr Cities for their kind cooperation through the study.


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