Apis florea in Jordan: source of the founder population

Haddad, N. and Fuchs, S and Hepburn, H.R. and Radloff, S.E. (2009) Apis florea in Jordan: source of the founder population. Apidologie, 40 (4). pp. 508-512. ISSN 0044-8435

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Abstract

A recent isolated population of Apis florea has been reported from Aqaba in Jordan at the Red Sea, consisting of numerous colonies within a still limited range which apparently is expanding. This region is about 1500 km apart from its next occurrences in Sudan where it had been introduced and first detected in 1985 and about 2000 km apart from its next natural occurrences in Iran and Oman. These bees apparently have been imported by human transport, most likely by ship. This new location thus represents a major jump in the progression of the species still to fill a wide area of possible locations offering adequate living conditions. Here we attempt to track the possible origin of this new population by morphometric methods. This analysis indicated closest relation to A. florea from Oman, thus being the most likely source of this population.

Item Type:Article
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Uncontrolled Keywords:Apis florea; Middle East; Jordan; Aqaba; spread
Subjects:Q Science > QL Zoology > Invertebrates > Insects
Divisions:Faculty > Faculty of Commerce > Statistics
Faculty > Faculty of Science > Statistics

Faculty > Faculty of Science > Zoology & Entomology
ID Code:4135
Deposited By: Mrs Eileen Shepherd
Deposited On:26 Nov 2012 07:31
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