Fernández M.V.1, Trobbiani G.2 2023. Video stations, a potential low-cost tool to monitoring invertebrates. A pilot study with Limnephilidae (Trichoptera) // Invertebrate Zoology. Vol.20. No.2: 258–264 [in English].

1 Grupo de Evaluación y Manejo de Recursos Нcticos (GEMARI). Instituto de Investigaciones en Biodiversidad y Medio Ambiente (INIBIOMA-UNCo-CONICET). San Carlos de Bariloche, Río Negro, Argentina. E-mail: marvalefer@gmail.com

2 Centro para el Estudio de Sistemas Marinos, Consejo Nacional de Investigaciones Científicas y Técnicas (CCT CENPAT-CONICET), Argentina.

doi: 10.15298/invertzool.20.2.09

ABSTRACT. The aim of this study was to evaluate the performance of Underwater Video Stations (UVS) to detect caddisfly larvae (Trichoptera), estimate density in a lake, as well as to evaluate its effectiveness in tracking larvae. For this, were deployed UVS. Recording a total of 3120 minutes of video were analysed, of which 968 min were used for abundance analysis. Finally, caddisfly larvae were tracked using the Tracker software, which recorded the velocity of everyone in mm/s. This work successfully put into practice a novel sampling methodology for this insect group. The technique was implemented quickly, easily, and inexpensively and is highly scalable for the monitoring of aquatic invertebrates. Remote video stations are a potential tool for use in the field of population monitoring and studies of personality and behaviour in the natural habitat

KY WORDS: conservation, environmental monitoring, insect larvae, littoral, underwater video.

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