The importance of temporary waters for Diptera (true-flies)

Drake, Martin (2001) The importance of temporary waters for Diptera (true-flies). Freshwater Forum, 17, pp. 26-39.

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Flies are the largest order of wetland insects in Britain. Of 6668 known species, larvae of at least 1138 are considered to be aquatic while a large number, perhaps as many again, are associated with wetlands. Despite this abundance of species they have been neglected in nearly all studies of temporary ponds. The prerequisites that are usually quoted for surviving in temporary pools are an ability to reach maturity before the system dries out, physiological or behavioural mechanisms to survive the dry period, and an ability to recolonise. Larvae of many British wetland Diptera have these features, which should enable them to develop and survive in temporary ponds. Some examples are considered in this article, with brief comments on adaptations in insects from other geographical regions.

Item Type: Article
Title: The importance of temporary waters for Diptera (true-flies)
Personal Creator/Author:
Drake, Martin
Journal or Publication Title: Freshwater Forum
Volume: 17
Page Range: pp. 26-39
Date: 2001
ISSN: 0961-4664
Issuing Agency: Freshwater Biological Association
Uncontrolled Keywords: Temporary ponds; Habitat; Insect larvae; Life cycle; Animal physiology; Aquatic insects; Adaptations; Wetlands; Diptera
Subjects: Ecology
Item ID: 4646
Depositing User: Hardy B Schwamm
Date Deposited: 02 Dec 2010 18:08
Last Modified: 29 Sep 2011 16:07

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