Volume 36, Number 1, January-March 2005
|Page(s)||25 - 30|
|Published online||31 January 2005|
The morphometric affinities of Apis cerana of the Hindu Kush and Himalayan regions of western AsiaSarah E. Radloffa, Randall Hepburnb and Stefan Fuchsc
a Department of Statistics, Rhodes University, Grahamstown, 6140, South Africa
b Department of Zoology and Entomology, Rhodes University, Grahamstown, 6140, South Africa
c Institut für Bienenkunde, 61440 Oberursel, Germany
(Received 30 April 2002; Revised 21 May 2004; Accepted 28 May 2004; Published online: 31 January 2005)
Abstract - A multivariate morphometric analysis of Apis cerana populations of the Hindu Kush in Afghanistan and Pakistan and of Kashmir and Himachal Pradesh in India revealed two statistically distinct morphoclusters, a Hindu Kush/Kashmir group and a Himachal Pradesh group. High intercolonial variances at three localities are associated with regions of major climatic zone change, hence ecological instability.
Key words: Apis cerana / honeybees / morphoclusters / western Asia
Corresponding author: Sarah E. Radloff email@example.com
© INRA, EDP Sciences, DIB, AGIB 2005
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