Forewing angles of honey bee (Apis mellifera) samples from different regions of Turkey

publication date: Jun 3, 2002
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Journal of Apicultural Research
Vol. 41 (1-2) pp. 43 - 49
DOI
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Date
June 2002
 
Article Title
 
Forewing angles of honey bee (Apis mellifera) samples from different regions of Turkey
Author(s)

A Guler, Y Bek

Abstract

A stepwise-selection multivariate discriminate analysis was performed using forewing angles to discriminate the honey bee (Apis mellifera) sam­ples that were collected from six different regions in Turkey. Eleven angles of forewing venation, A4,84, D7, E9, G18, J10, J16, K19, L13, N23 and O26 were measured biometrically. Discrim­inant analysis showed that A4, O26, B4, D7, L13, N23 and E9 angles sufficiently discriminated the samples from different subspecies of Turkish honey bees. The first three-subset out of five canonical discriminant functions explained 96.1 % of total variations. All samples collected from central and north-east Anatolia regions were 100% correctly classified into their origi­nal regions. The samples of other regions were overlapped with each other. The overall per­centage of cases classified correctly was 88.9% (32 out of 36 cases). In conclusion, there are high biometrical variations between different regions of Turkey in terms of forewing angles of honey bees and forewing angles can be used for discrimination of Turkish honey bees.

Keywords
honey bees, Apis mellifera , subspecies, genotype, forewing angles, morphometries, morphology, Turkey
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