oa African Entomology - Multivariate analysis of honeybee populations, Apis mellifera Linnaeus (Hymenoptera: Apidae), from western central Africa: morphometries and pheromones

Volume 5, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 1021-3589



Morphometric characters and sting pheromones of worker honeybees, Apis mellifera Linnaeus, were analysed by multivariate methods to characterize their populations along a transect through three ecological-climatological zones in Cameroon. There are three distinct homogeneous populations and two zones of hybridization. These bees are designated as A. m. adansollii Latreille whose area of distribution is intruded by an A. m. montieola-like montane group of bees and a third group, A. m. jemertitica Ruttner. The delineation of the hybrid zones is supported by intercolonial variance spectra and these significant asymmetries are coincident with transitions between the ecological-climatological zones.

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