, Volume 595, Issue 1, pp 489–519 | Cite as

Global diversity of dipteran families (Insecta Diptera) in freshwater (excluding Simulidae, Culicidae, Chironomidae, Tipulidae and Tabanidae)

  • Rüdiger Wagner
  • Miroslav Barták
  • Art Borkent
  • Gregory Courtney
  • Boudewijn Goddeeris
  • Jean-Paul Haenni
  • Lloyd Knutson
  • Adrian Pont
  • Graham E. Rotheray
  • Rudolf Rozkošný
  • Bradley Sinclair
  • Norman Woodley
  • Tadeusz Zatwarnicki
  • Peter Zwick


Today’s knowledge of worldwide species diversity of 19 families of aquatic Diptera in Continental Waters is presented. Nevertheless, we have to face for certain in most groups a restricted knowledge about distribution, ecology and systematic, particularly in the tropical environments. At the same time we realize a dramatically decline or even lack of specialists being able, having the time or the opportunity to extend or even secure the present information. The respective families with approximate numbers of aquatic species are: Blephariceridae (308), Deuterophlebiidae (14), Nyphomyiidae (7), Psychodidae (∼2.000), Scatopsidae (∼5), Tanyderidae (41), Ptychopteridae (69), Dixidae (173), Corethrellidae (97), Chaoboridae (∼50), Thaumaleidae (∼170), Ceratopogonidae (∼6.000), Stratiomyidae (∼43), Empididae (∼660), Lonchopteridae (2), Syrphidae (∼1.080), Sciomyzidae (∼190), Ephydridae (∼1.500), Muscidae (∼870). Numbers of aquatic species will surely increase with increased ecological and taxonomical efforts.


Aquatic Diptera Continental waters Diversity Distribution State of knowledge 



Family Stratiomyidae (R. Rozkošný & N. E. Woodley) & Family Sciomyzidae (R. Rozkošný & L. Knutson): These studies were supported by the Ministry of Education of the Czech Republic (Programme MSM0021622416).


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Rüdiger Wagner
    • 1
  • Miroslav Barták
    • 2
  • Art Borkent
    • 3
  • Gregory Courtney
    • 4
  • Boudewijn Goddeeris
    • 5
  • Jean-Paul Haenni
    • 6
  • Lloyd Knutson
    • 7
  • Adrian Pont
    • 8
  • Graham E. Rotheray
    • 9
  • Rudolf Rozkošný
    • 10
  • Bradley Sinclair
    • 11
  • Norman Woodley
    • 12
  • Tadeusz Zatwarnicki
    • 13
  • Peter Zwick
    • 14
  1. 1.University of KasselKasselGermany
  2. 2.Czech University of AgriculturePrahaCzech Republic
  3. 3.Salmon ArmCanada
  4. 4.Iowa State UniversityAmesUSA
  5. 5.Royal Belgian Institute of Natural SciencesBrusselsBelgium
  6. 6.Muséum d’histoire naturelleNeuchâtelSwitzerland
  7. 7.Salita degli Albito 29 (Via Aragonese)GaetaItaly
  8. 8.Goring-on-ThamesReadingUK
  9. 9.National Museums of ScotlandEdinburghUK
  10. 10.Institute of Botany and ZoologyMasaryk UniverityBrnoCzech Republic
  11. 11.Ontario Plant LaboratoriesCanadian Food Inspection AgencyOttawaCanada
  12. 12.USDA, c/o Smithsonian InstitutionWashingtonUSA
  13. 13.Department of ZoologyAcademy of AgricultureWroclawPoland
  14. 14.SchlitzGermany

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