Flathead Watershed Study Unlocks Mystery of Subterranean Stoneflies in Alluvial Aquifers

Flathead Watershed Study Unlocks Mystery of Subterranean Stoneflies in Alluvial Aquifers

News Type: State Source: The Columbia Basin Bulletin
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In a new study, researchers from the University of Montana’s Flathead Lake Biological Station may have unlocked a mystery surrounding unique aquatic insects in the Flathead watershed.

“There’s a surprising adaptation of stoneflies in alluvial aquifers that allows them to use low-oxygen or oxygen-free environments,” said FLBS researcher Rachel Malison, lead author on the study. “These aquifers are hotspots of biodiversity, and this study highlights the vital role gravel-bed river floodplains play on the landscape.”

Remarkable anoxia tolerance by stoneflies from a floodplain aquifer” was published in the journal Ecology.