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Archivos de Zootecnia

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SOUZA, D.L. et al. Morphometric analyses between apis mellifera from region sertão Paraiba State, Brazil. Arch. zootec. [online]. 2009, vol.58, n.221, pp.65-71. ISSN 0004-0592.

This research was carried out to characterize Apis mellifera populations from region Sertão from Paraiba state, comparing the individual's morphometry. The parameters measured were: forewing length (FwL) and forewing width (FwW), B4, E9, G18, J16, K19, N23, O26 angles, and b distance (Db); hindwing length (HL) and hindwing width (HW), L2 (DL2), L5 distance (DL5) and W3 angle, femur lengths (FL) and tibia lengths (TL), tarsus length (TL) and tarsus width (TW) and proboscis length (PL). To compare different variables, a data united analysis (ANOVA), Tukey's and Tocher's test to 5% of significance. For the measures accomplished in each sample an equipment of analysis of images, and Program Image Pro Plus 4.0 were used. The variables TsL and TsW, G18 and K19 angles and DL2 distance presented significant difference (p<0.05) among the places studied by Tukey's test. Canonical discriminant analysis showed a grouping with base in the morphologic characteristics between two places studied in spite of the geographical distance. It was concluded there are two morphometric different groups for studied hinterland region. There is an adaptation of the bees, with relationship to morphometric measures, for different geomorphologic regions.

Palabras clave : Honeybees; Wing; Femur; Tibia; Tarsus; Proboscis.

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