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


https://www.britannica.com/animal/diptera

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