Morphological and molecular characters reveal differentiation in a Neotropical social bee, Melipona beecheii (Apidae: Meliponini)

@article{QuezadaEun2007MorphologicalAM,
  title={Morphological and molecular characters reveal differentiation in a Neotropical social bee, Melipona beecheii (Apidae: Meliponini)},
  author={Jos{\'e} Javier G Quezada-Eu{\'a}n and Robert J Paxton and Kellie A. Palmer and W. J. May Itz{\'a} and Wee Tek Tay and Benjamin P. Oldroyd},
  journal={Apidologie},
  year={2007},
  volume={38},
  pages={247-258}
}
Morphometrics and DNA microsatellites were used to analyse the genetic structure of populations of the stingless bee M. beecheii from two extremes of its geographic range. The results showed that populations from Costa Rica and Yucatan exhibit substantial phenotypic and molecular differentiation. Bees from Yucatan were smaller and paler than those from Costa Rica. The value of multilocus FST = 0.280 (P < 0.001) confirmed that there were significant molecular genetic differences between the two… CONTINUE READING

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