(Of organisms or habitats) inhabiting or situated in rapidly moving fresh water. Compare with lentic.
- Macrophytes play a key role in many unshaded lotic ecosystems, but little is known of the factors controlling their presence, abundance, and composition.
- Most important, perhaps, is the addition of lake-derived energy sources, including the high quality/quantity of seston upon which filter-feeding lotic insects depend.
- An understanding of factors that influence species richness of lotic insects is generally lacking.
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