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Biodiversity of Diptera

Courtney, G. W., Pape, T., Skevington, J. H. and Sinclair, B. J. (2017). Biodiversity of Diptera. In: R. G. Foottit and P. H. Adler (Eds), Insect Biodiversity: Science and Society. Second Edition. Wiley Blackwell, Oxford. 340-409.


The Diptera, commonly called true flies or two-winged flies, are a familiar group of insects that includes, among many others, midges, gnats, mosquitoes, horseflies, blackflies, fruit flies, and houseflies. Diptera are among the most diverse insect orders, with a current world tally close to 160,000 extant species.

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