This study is a contribution to beekeeping development in Benin and for the modelling of the morphology of the West African honey bees Apis mellifera adansonii. In order to characterize the honey bees, 12 morphologic parameters have been measured on bees samples collected from seven villages of the district of Djidja located in the centre of Benin. The different body parts were measured by the photographic technologies and the data were collected from December 2007 to May 2008. Three main bee populations were found. The small bees located in the village of Gounoukuin, the bigger bees of the village of Tossota and the group of hybrids in the other villages. All the bees had very small cubital indexes which varied from 1.72 to 2.16 and their tomentum was very confused. Their also had very short hairs. The differentiation factors indicated that the morphological parameters were controlled by both the altitudes and an East-West/south-North geographical situation. In fact, the biggest bees with low cubital index were found in the south of the district while the highest values of the cubital index were obtained in the north with small bees.
|Keywords:||Apis Mellifera Adansonii, Biodiversity, Morphometric Characterization, Republic of Benin, Djidja|
Assistant Suivi Evaluation, Projet Bois de Feu Phase II, Direction General des Forets et Ressources Naturelles DGFRN Benin, Abomey, Abomey, Benin
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