Diversity , threats and conservation of native bees in the Neotropics *

  title={Diversity , threats and conservation of native bees in the Neotropics *},
  author={F BrenoM. and I VeraL{\'u}cia and - F and M LuisM. and K AstriddeMatosPeixoto and Gallo Leonardo and Nuno Guiomar and - Priyanka and Q J.JavierG. and - E},
  • F BrenoM., I VeraLúcia, +7 authors E -
  • Published 2009
The Neotropics bee fauna is very rich with 5000 recognised species, including 33 genera (391 species) of Meliponini, but it is estimated to be at least three fold greater in species richness. Deforestation, agriculture intensification and introduction/spread of exotic competing bee species are considered the main threats to most indigenous species, although other less obvious causes can affect the populations of some bee species locally. Efforts to conserve the native bee fauna include better… CONTINUE READING
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