Alexandria Goodyear: Diptera

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Diptera Specimen

Specimen #: 5

Order: Diptera

Family: Culicidae

Date of Collection: August, 2018

Location: 34.0570° N, 84.0518° W

Rank Abundance: 5

Shannon- Weiner Biodiversity Index (H')= 3.357381651

Distinguishing Morphological Features:

- Diptera only have forward wings, hindwing are knob-like halteres.

- Large eyes.

- Specimen has sucking mouthparts.

- Five segmented tarsi

Ecological and Economic / Public Importance:

- In the larval form diptera are excellent indicators of aquatic environmental health

- Some species of diptera are pollinators

- Some species provide vital decomposition services for organic matter

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