Morphometric and alloenzymatic characterisation in the Albanian honeybee population Apis mellifera LS. Dedeja, A. Biasiolob and R. Pivab
a Department of Animal Production, Agricultural University of Tirana, Albania
b Department of Applied Biology for Defence of Plants, Udine University, Italy
Abstract - With the aim of determining their taxonomic status, honeybee populations from Albania were compared with Apis mellifera carnica, A m macedonica and A m ligustica populations from Croatia, Greece and Italy, respectively. Using an electrophoretic analysis of four enzyme systems and discriminant analysis of 15 morphometric characters of the right forewing, we found that Albania represents an area of hybridisation between the subspecies A m carnica and A m macedonica. Albanian territory should be considered the southern border of the distribution of A m carnica.
Key words: honeybee / Apis mellifera carnica / Apis mellifera macedonica / Apis mellifera ligustica / Albania / honeybee population / morphometric characterisation / alloenzymatic characterisation