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Insects, Volume 10, Issue 3 (March 2019)
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Cover Story (view full-size image) Flies (Diptera) dominate the aquatic environment in both abundance and species diversity. About [...] Read more. Flies (Diptera) dominate the aquatic environment in both abundance and species diversity. About 46,000 described species in more than 40 families are considered truly aquatic. Many can reach astounding densities—up to one million larvae per square meter. Consequently, the influence of aquatic flies as ecosystem engineers and keystone species can be profound for the abiotic environment and the associated biotic communities. Yet, their benefits to human society are greatly underexploited. Although they have been used in bioassessment, biocontrol, forensic science, and inferring past and future climate change, their potential for providing bioproducts and inspiring biotechnological, engineering, and industrial applications has been only weakly tapped. As their value to science and human society continues to be realized, so too will the need to maintain sustainable populations of aquatic flies. View this paper