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- Damselflies and dragonflies
Austrolestes larvae are common in weedy streams, ponds and lakes throughout New Zealand.
They are predators, feeding on other freshwater invertebrates.
- Hard bottom: 6
- Soft bottom: 0.7
The tolerance values (ranging from 0 to 10) give an indication of which are the sensitive taxa (values of 8 or more) and which are the tolerant taxa (values of 3 or less). For more information see: Indicator species
Austrolestes are not useful indicators of water quality as they are common in both polluted and unpolluted waters. They have tolerance values of 6 (hard bottom sites) and 0.7 (soft bottom sites).