Anthony Davis: Diptera

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Location of collection: N34.054,W-83.877 Date of collection: August 27 2018

Collectors: AJ, Priya, Shazia and Blessing

Shannon-Wiener Index of Biodiversity: H'= 3.284025321

Rank Abundance: 1

Taxonomic information: Kingdom: Animalia Phylum: Arthropoda Class: Insecta Order: Diptera Family: Pipunculidae Geographical Distribution: all biogeographical regions of the world

Distinguishing morphological features of Family:

▪ Body: A slender body with long legs and relatively long antennae with many segments of similar shape and size.

▪ Mouthparts: varies; sucking mouthparts, sometimes adapted for piercing

▪ Antennae: filiform, stylate, or aristate

▪ Tarsi: nearly always 5 segmented.

▪ Eyes: Usually large.

▪ Wings: only front winds developed, hind wings are reduced to knob-like halteres

Ecological importance: occupy a wide range of habitats including, swamps and marshes and decaying plant material

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