Faunistic Results


The last 8 years I caught and identified flies (Diptera) with more or less constant effort but with (well) increasing skills, and therefore with increasing speed. The total amount of 14574 specimens is apportioned to 1468 species of which 1405 are documented in the Gallery. I left species undocumented mostly because I was'nt sufficiently sure about my identification and the photos were too bad to ask someone else, and in all cases I still hope to catch a better specimen.

Below you see a table of places where I caught flies together with some simple numbers. The place names are links to the species list with some additional information. As diversity indices I chose the "Simpson Index", because it is easy to understand (probability, that any 2 specimens belong to the same species), the entropy of mixing (also called "Shannon Index") and the "Evenness", the entropy normalized by its maximum value when all species are equally abundant.

Name Place Specimens Species Only Here Simpson Entropy Evenness
Garden on request
10137 1109 663 0.0334 5.2370 0.7469
Weinberg von Neuengronau N50.277091° E9.614963° 1584 431 115 0.0115 5.2568 0.8666
Westerngrund von Neuengronau N50.266542° E9.586263°
2125 468 143 0.0136 5.1503 0.8377
Ratzerod N50.29290° E9.55136°
539 186 36 0.0171 4.6438 0.8886
Schmale Sinn N50.269730° E9.65062°
108 40 7 0.1562 2.7772 0.7529
Wildacker N50.266542° E9.586263°
78 32 3 0.1529 2.6814 0.7737
14574 1468
0.0181 5.6791 0.7788
... with Photos
Expected Number of Species ± σ(Chao1):


All areas are on bunter or alluvial loam and sand close to streams, with the exception of the "Weinberg", which is on limestone. Possibly I'm overly reluctant to do statistical comparisons of, e.g. rarefied samples. In the last two chapters below you can read why.

The final conclusion after all these statistical conjectures and criticisms: the total number of Diptera species in this region is definitely not below 2000, but rather somewhere between 2500 and 3000.