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A rheophile prefers to live in fast moving water.
Examples of rheophilic animals
- Many aquatic insects living in riffles require current to survive.
- Epeorus sylvicola, a rheophilic mayfly species (Ephemeroptera).
- Many species in the family Balitoridae, also known as the hill stream loaches.
- Many species in the family Loricariidae from South and Central America
- Many Chiloglanis species, which are freshwater catfish from Africa
- The family Gyrinocheilidae.
- Rheophilic cichlid genera/species.
- The Lamena group in the genus Paretroplus from Madagascar.
- Oxylapia polli from Madagascar.
- Retroculus species from the Amazon Basin and rivers in the Guianas in South America.
- Steatocranus species from the Congo River Basin in Africa.
- Teleocichla species from the Amazon Basin in South America.
- Teleogramma species from the Congo River Basin in Africa.
- Ossubtus xinguense from the Xingu River in Brazil
- Tometes species from tropical South America
- The Danube streber (Zingel streber), family Percidae.
- Leuciscus idus, a freshwater cyprinid
- Hynes, H.B.N. 1970. Ecology of Running Waters. Originally published in Toronto by University of Toronto Press, 555p.
- Nathan K. Lujan and Kevin W. Conway (2015). Life in the Fast Lane: A Review of Rheophily in Freshwater Fishes. Pp. 107-307 in: R. Riesch et al. (eds.). Extremophile Fishes. Springer International Publishing, Switzerland. ISBN 978-3-319-13361-4
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