Scanning electron microscopy of cervical lobes of Apis drones

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Journal of Apicultural Research

Vol. 33 (2) pp. 65-68
Date
March 1994
Article Title

Scanning electron microscopy of cervical lobes of Apis drones

Author(s)
S Patinawinj; S Wongsiri
Abstract

A comparison of the structure of the cervical lobes of the drone honey bee endophallus in 5 species of Apis, using scanning electron microscopy, provided evidence of reproductive isolation in the genus. Structural similarities suggest three evolutionary groups: (1) A. mellifera and A. cerana; (2) A. florea and A. andreniformis; (3) A. dorsata. A. dorsata is separate but closely related to group (1).

Keywords

Apis andreniformis, Apis cerana, Apis dorsata, Apis florea, Apis mellifera, drone honey bees, endophallus, scanning electron microscopy, evolution

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