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Comparative anatomy of male genital organs in the genus Apis.


Koeniger, G. and Koeniger, N. and Mardan, Makhdzir and Otis, G. and Wongsiri, S. (1991) Comparative anatomy of male genital organs in the genus Apis. Apidologie, 22. pp. 539-552. ISSN 1297-9678


Comparative morphological studies of male genitalia from 6 honey bee species revealed distinct qualitative differences in each species in both everted endophalli and endophalli in situ. The endophalli in situ can be studied in drones preserved in ethanol. The following characters are most suitable for classification in situ: 1) pattern of the ventral hairy field of the vestibulum; 2) number of folds and hairy patches of the ventral cervix; 3) form of the dorsal hairy field of the cervix; and 4) the form of its appendage (lobe). Three types of endophalli can be classified. One type is present in the cavity-nesting honeybees A mellifera, A cerana and A koschevnikovi, the second in the free-nesting dwarf honeybees A andreniformis and A florea and the third in the A dorsata complex.

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Item Type: Article
Divisions: Faculty of Agriculture
DOI Number: https://doi.org/10.1051/apido:19910507
Publisher: Elsevier
Keywords: Apis; Morphology; Reproduction; Endophallus; Systematics.
Depositing User: Norhazura Hamzah
Date Deposited: 09 Jan 2014 04:46
Last Modified: 28 Sep 2015 09:00
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URI: http://psasir.upm.edu.my/id/eprint/13662
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