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Volume 33, Number 1, January-February 2002
Page(s) 25 - 31

Apidologie 33 (2002) 25-31
DOI: 10.1051/apido:2001002

New haplotypes for the non-coding region of mitochondrial DNA in cavity-nesting honey bees Apis koschevnikovi and Apis nuluensis

Jun-ichi Takahashia, Jun Nakamurab, Masami Sasakic, Salim Tingekd and Shin-ichi Akimotoa

a  Department of Ecology and Systematics, Graduate School of Agriculture, Hokkaido University, Sapporo 060-8589, Japan
b  Honeybee Science Research Center, Tamagawa University, Machida, Tokyo 194-8610, Japan
c  Laboratory of Entomology, Faculty of Agriculture, Tamagawa University, Machida, Tokyo, 194-8610, Japan
d  Agriculture Research Station Tenom, PO Box 197, 89908, Tenom, Sabah, Malaysia

(Received 23 April 2001; revised 29 August 2001; accepted 5 October 2001)

The cavity-nesting honeybees, Apis cerana, A. koschevnikovi and A. nuluensis, are distributed in Sabah, Borneo. We sequenced the non-coding intergenic region between the tRNA leu and COII mitochondrial genes of these three species. About 50 different haplotypes have been reported for the non-coding region of A. cerana, A. koschevnikovi and A. nigrocincta. This study detected new haplotypes in A. koschevnikovi and A. nuluensis, which we designated Sabah 1 and Sabah short, respectively. Sabah short is the first short sequence reported from Borneo.

Key words: Apis cerana / Apis koschevnikovi / Apis nuluensis / mitochondrial DNA

Correspondence and reprints: Masami Sasaki

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