For more information about planted aquariums, Natural Aquariums recommends "The Simple Guide to Planted Aquariums" by Terry Barber and Rhonda Wilson.
Pond Life "This inexpensive guide is one of the most useful books I've ever owned and my favorite beginners guide to pond life. I can't even say how many copies I've gone through and given away." - Rhonda Wilson

Guide to Common Freshwater Invertebrates is a more in depth look at some of the freshwater invertebrates commonly found.
Aquatic Entomology A look at insects and their larva that have adapted to life in water.

Fresh Water Invertebrates
in the Aquarium
& Natural Waters

Invertebrates are all around us. They make up approximately 95% of all animals on the earth. Some of the more well known invertebrates are insects, crustaceans and marine inverts like starfish and sea urchins.

There are also many different types of freshwater invertebrates. Some are permanently aquatic and some only live in the water for a part of their lives.

My intent in these pages is to provide useful and easily understandable information on the most commonly seen fresh water invertebrates. The General Information page is a good place to start if you aren't familiar with the animals or are interested in learning a little more. In that page I've also included brief taxonomical information and how I have organized the Fresh Water Invertebrate Pages.

For specific information about different animals you can go right to the animals page, listed below. For more information about fresh water invertebrates check out the books listed in the Bibliography and other web pages in the Links page.


Hydra | Moss Animals | Leeches, Worms, and Planaria
Arthropods | Crustaceans | Small Crustaceans | Insects | True Bugs | Flies
Mollusks | Snails | Ramshorn Snails | Pond Snails | Malayan Livebearing Snails | Clams