Plecoptera

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Plecoptera

[plə′käp·tə·rə]
(invertebrate zoology)
The stoneflies, an order of primitive insects in which adults differ only slightly from immature stages, except for wings and tracheal gills.
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The diversity of the predators increases in parallel with that of the herbivores; they are mainly plecopterans and planarians, as in the seasonal streams at the high altitudes, but here they are represented by different species with longer life cycles.
At the ordinal level, the major shredders in both streams were dipterans, trichopterans, and plecopterans.
The presence of dipterous larvae and filamentous green algae was evident during the dry months, while invertebrates as trichopterans, plecopterans, copepods and ostracods occurred during the rainy months.