OBSERVATIONS ON THE MORPHOLOGY, RELATIONSHIPS AND ECOLOGY OF APIS MELLIFERA OF OMAN

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Journal of Apicultural Research
Vol. 20 (4) pp. 201-214
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Date
December 1981
Article Title
OBSERVATIONS ON THE MORPHOLOGY, RELATIONSHIPS AND ECOLOGY OF APIS MELLIFERA OF OMAN
Author(s)
R. W. DUTTON, F. RUTTNER, A. BERKELEY AND M. J. D. MANLEY
Abstract
Two widely separated populations of Apis mellifera are found in the mountains of northern and southern Oman. By morphometric analysis it is shown that these bees are identical with each other and with A.m. jemenitica from North Yemen; a detailed description is given of the race. A close morphological relationship exists with bees from Sudan, but not the bees of Iran or Jordan. Details are given of the climate and the other ecological conditions in which the bees live. The biology and behaviour of the race are discussed with special reference to its potential suitability for modern beekeeping.
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