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A scientific note on the mating frequency of Apis dorsata

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DOI: 10.1051/apido:2002044
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  • [Sdv:Ba:Zi] Life Sciences/Animal Biology/Invertebrate Zoology
  • [Sdv:Ba:Zi] Sciences Du Vivant/Biologie Animale/Zoologie Des Invertébrés
  • [Sdv:Bid] Life Sciences/Biodiversity
  • [Sdv:Bid] Sciences Du Vivant/Biodiversité
  • [Sdv:Ee] Life Sciences/Ecology
  • Environment
  • [Sdv:Ee] Sciences Du Vivant/Ecologie
  • Environnement
  • [Sdv:Sa:Spa] Life Sciences/Agricultural Sciences/Animal Production Studies
  • [Sdv:Sa:Spa] Sciences Du Vivant/Sciences Agricoles/Science Des Productions Animales
  • Honey Bee
  • Apis Dorsata
  • Mating Frequency
  • Relatedness
  • Polyandry

Abstract

M3103imp.fm 85 Apidologie 34 (2003) 85–86 © INRA/DIB-AGIB/EDP Sciences, 2003 DOI: 10.1051/apido:2002044 Scientific note A scientific note on the mating frequency of Apis dorsata Wandee WATTANACHAIYINGCHAROENa,b,c, Benjamin P. OLDROYDc*, Siriwat WONGSIRIa, Kellie PALMERc, Jürgen PAARc,d a Bee Biology Research Unit, Department of Biology, Faculty of Science, Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok 10330, Thailand b Present Address: Department of Biology, Naresuan University, Phitsanulok 65000, Thailand c School of Biological Sciences A12, University of Sydney NSW 2006, Australia d Institute of Zoology, Karl-Franzens University Graz, 8010 Graz, Austria (Received 11 March 2002; revised 3 June 2002; accepted 20 June 2002) honey bee / Apis dorsata / mating frequency / relatedness / polyandry Apis dorsata Fabricius has the highest level of polyandry recorded for any social insect (Tab. I, Moritz et al., 1995; Oldroyd et al., 1996). To improve the precision of current estimates, we re- examined paternity frequency using larger sample sizes and 4 microsatellite loci, including a new highly variable locus cloned from A. dorsata by Paar et al., unpublished data. We also compared mating frequency between colonies found in aggregations and colonies found singly. Combs of A. dorsata were obtained from the wild during 1998–1999. Eight of these (colonies 1–8) were collected from a group of 14 aggregated colonies in the Pua district of Nan province. Another five solitary colonies (colonies 9–13) were collected from various parts of Thailand (Tab. I). Workers were genetically analyzed using the microsatellite loci A14 (Estoup et al., 1993), A24 and A88 (Estoup et al., 1995) and Ad3 (Paar et al., 2003) as described in Oldroyd et al. (2000). Effective mating frequency (me) corrected for finite sample size (Pamilo, 1993; Boomsma and Ratnieks, 1996), average coefficient of relatedness (g) weighted according to the relative proportions of each subfamily (Boomsma and Ratnieks, 1996) and the expecte

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