The DEP Laboratory administers the Statewide Biological Database (SBIO). The SBIO database was developed in the early 1990's in response to the need for centralization of biological data collected by DEP and its predecessor agencies.
Some macroinvertebrate taxa attributes may be used to calculate the Stream Condition Index (DEP SOP SCI 2100(5)). For clinger taxa, include only those taxa whose sole habit is listed as “clinger.” Calculate percent filter feeders as the number of individuals that are filter feeders divided by the total number of individuals in the aliquot. Count an individual of a taxon for which filter feeding is one of two feeding strategies as 0.5 individuals.
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