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  • The honeybees (Apis mellifera) of Ethiopia - a morphometric study.

    Author(s) : Kassaye, A.

    Thesis : The honeybees (Apis mellifera) of Ethiopia - a morphometric study. 1990 pp.101 pp.

    Abstract : A morphometric analysis was conducted on 19 samples of worker bees and 4 samples of drone bees. The samples were collected from the central highlands, and from the western, southwestern and southeastern parts of EthiopiaethiopiaSubject Category: Geographic Entities
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    . These areas contain approximately 80% of the country's total population of honey beeshoney beesSubject Category: Organism Groups
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    . The analysis of 41 characters per worker and 19 characters per drone showed that there were 5 distinct groups of honey bees representing different ecological areas of the country. The sample from Gambella (a lowland area in the extreme western part, altitude 500 m) and from Dinsho (from the highlands of the southeast, altitude 3550 m) had morphometric values in accordance with those of Apis mellifera litorea and A. m. monticola respectively. The samples from Awassa, Asela, Nekemtie, Angergutin, Bebeka, Arbaminch, Negelie and Agarfa were found to naturally define a group (closely resembling A. m. adansonii) representing the vast lowland regions of the country. The sample of typical yellow bees from Ataye (the eastern part of the country) resembled Apis mellifera yemenitica in many of its characters. Honey bees from the central plateau and from the southwest formed a group representative of tropical forest bees. These large, dark bees differed from the other samples analysed in this study and also from all other known tropical African racesracesSubject Category: Organism Groups
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    . This group may therefore represent an additional race for east Africaeast africaSubject Category: Geographic Entities
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    , but further study is required. The samples analysed differed slightly from A. m. scutellata in most of the characters compared, but suggested the presence of A. m. adansonii in the country. The variation observed could have been due to the small number of samples analysed, and further investigation is needed to confirm the presence or absence of these species.

    Record Number : 19960200776

    Publisher : Agricultural University of Norway, Ǻs

    Country of publication : Norway

    Language of text : English

    Language of summary : English

    Indexing terms for this abstract:

    Organism descriptor(s) : ApisapisSubject Category: Organism Names
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    , Apis melliferaapis melliferaSubject Category: Organism Names
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    , Apis mellifera adansoniiapis mellifera adansoniiSubject Category: Organism Names
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    , Apis mellifera scutellataapis mellifera scutellataSubject Category: Organism Names
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    , arthropodsarthropodsSubject Category: Organism Names
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    , insectsinsectsSubject Category: Organism Names
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    Descriptor(s) : beneficial arthropodsbeneficial arthropodsSubject Category: Organism Groups
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    , beneficial insectsbeneficial insectsSubject Category: Organism Groups
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    , beneficial organismsbeneficial organismsSubject Category: Organism Groups
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    , geographical variationgeographical variationSubject Category: Properties
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    , honey beeshoney beesSubject Category: Organism Groups
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    , morphologymorphologySubject Category: Miscellaneous
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    , racesracesSubject Category: Organism Groups
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    , tropical Africatropical africaSubject Category: Biogeographic Regions
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    , tropicstropicsSubject Category: Climate Related
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    Identifier(s) : Abyssinia, apis mellifera litorea, Apis mellifera monticola, Apis mellifera yememitica, beneficial species, honeybees, subsaharan Africa, tropical countries, tropical zones

    Geographical Location(s) : AfricaafricaSubject Category: Geographic Entities
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    , Africa South of Saharaafrica south of saharaSubject Category: Geographic Entities
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    , EthiopiaethiopiaSubject Category: Geographic Entities
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    Broader term(s) : ApisapisSubject Category: Organism Names
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    , ApidaeapidaeSubject Category: Organism Names
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    , HymenopterahymenopteraSubject Category: Organism Names
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    , insectsinsectsSubject Category: Organism Names
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    , HexapodahexapodaSubject Category: Organism Names
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    , arthropodsarthropodsSubject Category: Organism Names
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    , invertebratesinvertebratesSubject Category: Organism Names
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    , animalsanimalsSubject Category: Organism Names
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    , eukaryoteseukaryotesSubject Category: Organism Names
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    , Apis melliferaapis melliferaSubject Category: Organism Names
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    , ACP Countriesacp countriesSubject Category: Institutions and Organisations
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    , East Africaeast africaSubject Category: Geographic Entities
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    , Africa South of Saharaafrica south of saharaSubject Category: Geographic Entities
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    , AfricaafricaSubject Category: Geographic Entities
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    , Least Developed Countriesleast developed countriesSubject Category: Miscellaneous
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    , Developing Countriesdeveloping countriesSubject Category: Miscellaneous
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