Multivariate morphometric analysis of Apis cerana of southern mainland Asia

Hepburn, H.R. and Radloff, S.E. and Hepburn, C and Fuchs, S and Otis, G.W. and Sein, M.M. and Aung, H.L. and Pham, H.T. and Tam, D.Q. and Nuru, A.M. and Ken, T. (2005) Multivariate morphometric analysis of Apis cerana of southern mainland Asia. Apidologie, 36 . pp. 127-139. ISSN 0044-8435

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Abstract

Multivariate morphometric analyses were performed on a series of worker honeybees, Apis cerana, representing 557 colonies from all of southern mainland Asia extending from Afghanistan to Vietnam south of the Himalayas. Scores from the principal components analysis revealed five statistically separable but not entirely distinct morphoclusters of bees: (1) the Hindu Kush, Kashmir, N. Myanmar, N. Vietnam and S. China; (2) Himachal Pradesh region of N. India; (3) N. India, Nepal; (4) central and S. Myanmar and Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand, S. China and peninsular Malaysia; (5) central and S. India. The major morphoclusters are distributed coherently with the different climatic zones of the region. While populations are definable, nomenclatural adjustments remain for the future.

Item Type:Article
Additional Information:Corresponding author: s.radloff@ru.ac.za
Uncontrolled Keywords:Apis cerana, honeybees, subspecific taxon, morphocluster, morphometry, southern mainland Asia
Subjects:Y Unknown > Subjects to be assigned
Divisions:Faculty > Faculty of Commerce > Statistics
Faculty > Faculty of Science > Statistics

Faculty > Faculty of Science > Zoology & Entomology
ID Code:281
Deposited By: Mrs Eileen Shepherd
Deposited On:21 Jul 2006
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