Aquatic macroinvertebrates


How do we progress?

According to data from summarising publications and databases* created by experts on this group of animals, there are more than 1800 species of “macro” aquatic invertebrates in Slovakia. With a reserve for cryptic species, new / non-native species for our fauna, and groups of which we are currently lacking information (eg Nematomorpha, Hydrachnidia …), we can expect about 2000 species.
Below is a year-on-year increase in the number of sequences, barcodes, number and % of processed aquatic invertebrates.


of species barcoded

* Publications
  • Reduciendo Klementová, B., Kment, P. & Svitok, M. 2015. Checklist of water bugs (Hemiptera: Heteroptera: Nepomorpha, Gerromorpha) of Slovakia. Zootaxa 4058 (2): 227-243.
  • Rúfusová, A., Beracko, P. & Bulánková, E. (Eds) 2017. Bentické bezstavovce a ich biotopy. Univerzita Komenského v Bratislave, 290 s., ISBN 978-80-223-4461-6.
  • Schmidt-Kloiber, A. & Hering D. 2015: – an online tool that unifies, standardises and codifies more than 20,000 European freshwater organisms and their ecological preferences. Ecological Indicators 53: 271-282.
  • Šporka, F., Bitušík, P., Bulánková, E., Cséfalvay, R., Čejka, T., Derka, T., Elexová, E., Halgoš, J., Hamerlík, L., Illéšová, D., Jäch, M.A., Kodada, J., Košel, V., Krno, I., Novikmec, M. & Zaťovičová, Z. 2003. Slovak Aquatic Macroinvertebrates, Checklist and Catalogue of Autecological Notes. Slovenský hydrometeorologický ústav, Bratislava, 590 s., ISBN 80-88907-37-3.
  • Mišíková Elexová, E., Haviar, M., Lešťáková, M., Ščerbáková, S., Bitušík, P., Bulánková, E., Čejka, T., Čiamporová-Zaťovičová, Z., Derka, T., Hamerlík, L., Illéšová, D., Kodada, J., Košel, V., Krno, I., Mláka, M., Novikmec, M., Šporka, F. 2010. Zoznam zistených taxónov na monitorovaných lokalitách vodných útvarov povrchových vôd Slovenska. Časť 1 – Bentické bezstavovce. Acta Environmentalica Universitatis Comenianae, Bratislava, 18(1): 335 s.
  • Mišíková Elexová, E., Ščerbáková, S., Lešťáková, M., Kováč, V., Plachá, M., Bitušík, P., Očadlík, M., Brúderová, T., Vráblová, Z., Haviar, M. 2010. Výsledky monitorovania vodných útvarov povrchových vôd Slovenska. Zoznam taxónov. Vodná fauna. VÚVH Bratislava, p. 329, ISBN 978-80-89740-04-8.

COI sequences

  • 2019: ???
  • 2018: 871
  • 2017: 208
  • 2016: 30


  • 2019: ???
  • 2018: 526
  • 2017: 194
  • 2016: 30


  • 2019: ???
  • 2018: 126/122
  • 2017: 50/48
  • 2016: 8/8

unique BINs**

  • 2019: ???
  • 2018: 11
  • 2017: 3
  • 2016: 1

Barcode Index Numbers – molecular units based on clustering of DNA sequences by similarity and representing putative species, unless the taxonomic revision confirms their generic identity.

** unique BIN

BINs new for BOLD

Here are the checklists of individual taxonomic groups (according to *, or improved based on more recently published data) on which we are currently working. The lists include also information on the “barcoding status” of each species and link to BOLD. Also included are summary information for each group.










Water bugs


Non-biting midges

Authors of pictures: Matej Žiak, Fedor Čiampor, Zuzana Čiamporová-Zaťovičová, Tomáš Čejka

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