Aggregations of unrelated Apis florea coloniesWandee 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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