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Apidologie
Volume 39, Number 5, September-October 2008
Page(s) 531 - 536
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.1051/apido:2008045
Published online 28 October 2008
Apidologie 39 (2008) 531-536
DOI: 10.1051/apido:2008045

Aggregations of unrelated Apis florea colonies

Wandee Wattanachaiyingcharoen1, Siriwat Wongsiri2 and Benjamin P. Oldroyd3

1  Department of Biology, Faculty of Science, Naresuan University, Phitsanulok 65000, Thailand
2  Department of Biology, Faculty of Science, Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok 10320, Thailand
3  Behaviour and Genetics of Social Insects Lab, School of Biological Sciences A12, University of Sydney, NSW 2006, Australia

Received 5 July 2007 – Revised 25 March 2008 – Accepted 13 May 2008 - Published online 28 October 2008

Abstract - Intensive surveys of an area of woodland in Phitsanulok province, Thailand, revealed 15 colonies of Apis florea. The colonies had a highly aggregated spatial distribution (Standardized Morisita's Index of Dispersion = 0.59). Microsatellite analysis based on 5 loci showed that no colonies were related as mother-daughter, suggesting that unrelated colonies tend to nest near existing colonies.


Key words: aggregation / Apis florea / Thailand / dwarf honey bee / colony relatedness


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