The research in the Diptera Division Dresden is focussed on faunistics, biosystematics and zoogeography of sciaroid flies, especially the families Bolitophilidae, Diadocidiidae, Ditomyiidae, Keroplatidae and Mycetophilidae.
Research in the Diptera Section is focussed on phylogenetics of the Diptera families Bolitophilidae, Diadocidiidae, Ditomyiidae, Mycetophilidae and Keroplatidae (fungus gnats s. str.).
Die Forschungssammlung umfasst mehr als 600.000 Exemplare von Zweiflüglern, genadelt in Insektenkästen, als mikroskopische Dauerpräparate oder in Alkohol konserviert.
The Museum of Zoology in Dresden, with more than 6 million specimens, is one of the approximately 10 large zoological collections of Germany. The Dresden collections originate from all over the globe, and their international significance is due not least to the abundance of name-bearing types represented (holotypes, lectotypes and syntypes of some 15,000 species and subspecies; if paratypes and paralectotypes are considered, about 53,000 type specimens).
Since January 1, 2009 the group formerly known as the State Natural History Collections of Dresden has been a member of the Senckenberg – Leibniz Institution for Biodiversity and Earth System Research, together with the Zoology Museum and the Museum for Mineralogy and Geology. The roots of the Dresden Natural History Collections extend back into the 16th century.