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May 20 General Meeting – The Unending Biological Diversity of Our Planet, Look at Flies!

Comparing the well-known fly fauna of Europe with the flies of other less studied regions.

Dr Dan Bickel (Australian Museum Senior Fellow).

There are between 4 and 10 million species in the world, but fewer than 20% have been named and described. Is it possible to describe all life on Earth? Some large groups of animals occur across continents and contain many species not yet identified or collected. An example is true flies, the order Diptera: (from the Greek: di = two, ptera = wings).

In this well-illustrated talk, Dan will compare the well-known fly fauna of Europe with the flies of some other regions where they have not been studied nearly as extensively. He will discuss the hurdles to describing all species and what may actually be out there.

Meeting is on at 7.30pm on 20th May

At: Oatley Uniting Church hall

On Zoom:  https://us02web.zoom.us/j/3742141020 Mtg ID: 374 214 1020

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