Biometric studies of the Indian honey bee Apis cerana indica (Fabr.) in the Nagapattinam District, Tamil Nadu, Southern India

publication date: Apr 1, 2013
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Journal of Apicultural Research
Vol. 52 (2) pp.15-23
DOI
10.3896/IBRA.1.52.2.04
Date
April 2013
Article Title

Biometric studies of the Indian honey bee Apis cerana indica (Fabr.) in the Nagapattinam District, Tamil Nadu, Southern India

Author(s)

Mani Baskaran and Krishnamoorthy Thiyagesan

Abstract

Biometric studies were carried out on Apis cerana indica (Fabr.) in the Nagapattinam district, Tamil Nadu, Southern India. A total of 24 colonies of A. c. indica from 13 different areas of the Nagapattinam district were sampled. Thirty two morphometric characters were statistically analysed by means of Principal Compound Analysis (PCA), Factor Analysis, Discriminant Analysis (DA) and Cluster Analysis. The morphometric features of the bees differed significantly (p < 0.05) in different areas of the district. Further the bee samples from the coastal regions of the Nagapattinam District were distinct morphologically when compared to other regions.

Keywords

 Biometrics, Apis cerana indica, Nagapattinam, Southern India

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