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Volume 23, Number 4, 1992
Page(s) 285 - 289
Apidologie 23 (1992) 285-289
DOI: 10.1051/apido:19920402

Chromosomal analysis of the eggs and ovaries of the laying workers of Apis cerana F

S. Verma and A. Karol

Nimachal Pradesh University, Department of Bio-Sciences, Summerhill, Shimla-171 005, HP India

Abstract - The chromosomal behavior during mitotic and meiotic cell division of eggs and ovaries of Apis cerana F laying workers has been examined. The laying workers are diploid (2n = 32), but undergo meiosis to produce drone brood which possesses a haploid (n = 16) set of chromosomes.

Key words: Apis cerana / meiosis / chromosome number / parthenogenesis / laying worker