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Multivariate morphometric analysis of honeybees (Apis mellifera) in the Ethiopian region

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DOI: 10.1051/apido:2003066
  • [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
  • Apis Mellifera
  • Morphometry
  • Race
  • Introgression
  • Ethiopia
  • Ecology


Honeybees sampled from 285 colonies at 57 localities were morphometrically analysed. The multivariate analysis established five statistically separable morphoclusters occupying ecologically different areas: Apis mellifera jemenitica in the northwest and eastern arid and semi-arid lowlands; A. m. scutellata in the west, south and southwest humid midlands; A. m. bandasii, in the central moist highlands; A. m. monticola from the northern mountainous highlands; and A.m.woyi-gambell in south western semi-arid to sub-humid lowland parts of the country. Moreover some areas with high inter and intracolonial variances were noted, suggesting introgression among these defined honeybee populations.

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