Morphometric study of A.cerana in Gansu
TAN Ken 1 ,QI Wen-z hong 2(1. Eastern Bee Research Institute of Yunnan Agricultural University,Kunm ing 650201,China;2. Gansu Bee Institute,Tianshui 741022,China)
The morphological features of Apis cerana Fabr in Gansu wa s studied using morphometrical methods. Samples of A.cerana were collected f rom 4 feral colonies in 2 locations of the Gansu, covering the main ec ological regions. 38 standard morphometric characters recommended by Rutt ner et al were measured in 1988. The data were statistically analysed b y factor analysis, discriminate analysis and cluster analysis. Test sho ws a high degree of variation in size and coloration measures with v arious geographic features.