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Volume 22, Number 5, 1991
Page(s) 539 - 552
Apidologie 22 (1991) 539-552
DOI: 10.1051/apido:19910507

Comparative anatomy of male genital organs in the genus Apis

G. Koenigera, N. Koenigera, M. Mardanb, G. Otisb and S. Wongsiric

a  Institut für Bienenkunde (Polytechnische Gesellschaft), Universität Frankfurt, Fachbereich Biologie Karl-von-Frisch-Weg 2, D-6370 Oberursel, Germany
b  University Pertanian Malaysia, Department of Plant Protection, 43400 Serdang, Selangor, Malaysia
c  Chulalongkorn University, Faculty of Science, Department of Biology, Bee Biology Research Unit, Bangkok 10500, Thailand

Abstract - Comparative morphological studies of male genitalia from 6 honey bee species revealed distinct qualitative differences in each species in both everted endophalli and endophalli in situ. The endophalli in situ can be studied in drones preserved in ethanol. The following characters are most suitable for classification in situ: 1) pattern of the ventral hairy field of the vestibulum; 2) number of folds and hairy patches of the ventral cervix; 3) form of the dorsal hairy field of the cervix; and 4) the form of its appendage (lobe). Three types of endophalli can be classified. One type is present in the cavity-nesting honeybees A mellifera, A cerana and A koschevnikovi, the second in the free-nesting dwarf honeybees A andreniformis and A florea and the third in the A dorsata complex.

Key words: Apis / morphology / reproduction / endophallus / systematics