The macroinvertebrate module is used to assess streams based on their colonisation by small of bottom-dwelling invertebrates. This includes insect larvae, small crustaceans, snails, bivalves and worms. These animals react differently to environmental factors such as temperature, water quality and structural habitat diversity of of streams. The Swiss Macroinvertebrate Index IBCH_2019 indicates deficits, particularly in water quality and structural habitat diversity.

Recorded parameters:

Benthic macroinvertebrates, mainly at the family taxonomic level or at coarser taxonomic levels (e.g. for oligochaetes) 


The IBCH is based on:

  • the taxonomic diversity (VT)
  • the  indicator group (GI)

The evaluation is done in five quality classes.