Typology and morphogéométric caractérisation of local bee populations Apis mellifera intermissa in the North-West of Algeria





Apis mellifera intermissa, morphometric characterization, wing geometry, statistical analysis, conservation, diversity


The disappearance of the bee would cause serious problems for nature and therefore for the human species. Therefore, the characterization of bees is an important step for better management and for the sustainability of bee keeping production systems. However, in Algeria, bred honey bees are still poorly known to date. The objective of this study is therefore to identify, by classical morphometry and wing geometry, the possible races and ecotypes of honey bees (Apis mellifera intermissa) in the north-west of Algeria. A morphometric and geometric study was carried out on bees sampled in 7 wilayas in northwestern Algeria. In each station, between 10 and 15 bees were randomly sampled, which represents 530 bees. For each bee, 17 morphological characters and positioning of 20 landmarks were measured using a magnifying glass, in order to highlight the differences and commonalities between these bees, by the results obtained from statistical analyzes such as principal component analysis (PCA) of the values ​​of the measurements of the morphometric characters. This study having generally revealed a significant variation in the morphometric characters of the bee of Apis mellifera intermissa in the North-West of Algeria especially for the individuals of the region of Chlef, and also gave us additional information. Concerning the biological diversity of our local race of bees it is therefore important to adopt appropriate strategies for the conservation of their diversity.


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BENGHALEM, . B., KIDOUD , B. ., SALAH, Z., CHAHBAR , M., & GAOUAR, . S. B. S. (2023). Typology and morphogéométric caractérisation of local bee populations Apis mellifera intermissa in the North-West of Algeria. Genetics & Biodiversity Journal, 7(2), 12–27. https://doi.org/10.46325/gabj.v7i2.286



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