Phylogenetic analysis of the Genus Apis (Hymenoptera : apidae)

  title={Phylogenetic analysis of the Genus Apis (Hymenoptera : apidae)},
  author={Byron A. Alexander},
A cladistic analysis of six species-species groups in the genus Apis using 21 characters of adult morphology and behavior produces a single most parsimonious cladogram with a consistency index of 93. If the numerous autapomorphies for the genus Apis are excluded from the calculation of the consistency index, its value is 88. The tree topology is (( andreniformis + florea ) + ( dorsata group + ( mellifera + ( cerana + koschevnikovi )))). Implications of this phylogenetic hypothesis for ideas… CONTINUE READING