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Colony relatedness in aggregations of Apis dorsata Fabricius (Hymenoptera, Apidae).


Oldroyd, B. P. and Osborne, K. E. and Mardan, Makhdzir (2000) Colony relatedness in aggregations of Apis dorsata Fabricius (Hymenoptera, Apidae). Insectes Sociaux, 47 (1). pp. 94-95. ISSN 0020-1812; ESSN: 1420-9098


Apis dorsata colonies often form dense aggregations, with over 100 colonies sometimes seen in the same tree. Reasons for these aggregations are unknown, but one reasonable hypothesis is that colonies form a related family group. Here we show that 7 adjacent colonies sampled from a single branch of a tree (near Alor Setar in northern peninsular Malaysia) containing over 120 colonies were not related as mother/daughter. Thus the notion that aggregations arise through splitting of the first-arriving colonies can be rejected.

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Item Type: Article
Divisions: Faculty of Agriculture
DOI Number: https://doi.org/10.1007/s000400050015
Publisher: Springer Verlag
Keywords: Relatedness; Swarming; Aggregations; Migration; Apis dorsata.
Depositing User: Norhazura Hamzah
Date Deposited: 09 Jan 2014 06:23
Last Modified: 09 Jan 2014 06:23
Altmetrics: http://www.altmetric.com/details.php?domain=psasir.upm.edu.my&doi=10.1007/s000400050015
URI: http://psasir.upm.edu.my/id/eprint/13627
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