n African Entomology - Population structure of (Hymenoptera : Apidae) : filling the Uganda gap




Lepeletier (Hymenoptera : Apidae) extends from South Africa to Ethiopia but includes local populations of varying morphology. The honeybees of Uganda previously represented an important biogeographical gap in defining the population structure of , but have now been resolved by morphometric analyses of worker honeybees analysed with multivariate techniques. Honeybees of lower altitudes (< 2000 m) formed one distinct morphocluster typical of throughout the continent, while those at higher altitudes (> 2000 m) formed a separate distinct cluster of large, dark bees. The latter occur as an archipelago of mountain ecotypes of .


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