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Volume 23, Number 2, 1992
Page(s) 89 - 96
Apidologie 23 (1992) 89-96
DOI: 10.1051/apido:19920201

Morphometric analysis of honey bees from an area of racial hybridization in northeastern Italy

F. Nazzi

Istituto di Difesa delle Piante dell'Università di Udine, Area Rizzi, via Fagagna 209, 33100 Udine, Italy

Abstract - A morphometric analysis of some bee populations from Friuli (northeastern Italy) was carried out employing 15 fore-wing characters. Samples of A m ligustica and A m carnica, collected from the respective distribution areas, were also analyzed. On the grounds of the results obtained from a discriminant analysis and a cluster analysis of the Mahalanobis distances, it can be confirmed that the Friuli populations studied are hybrids between A m ligustica and A m carnica.

Key words: A m carnica / A m ligustica / morphometry / northeastern Italy