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1 April 2018 Pollen Niche of Melipona (Melikerria) Interrupta (Apidae: Meliponini) Bred in a Meliponary in a Terra-Firme Forest in the Central Amazon
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Monthly corbicular samples derived from weekly collections of Melipona (Melikerria) interrupta (Apidae: Meliponini) were analyzed alongside a single honey sample between January to December 2012. The botanical families Arecaceae, Melastomataceae and Solanaceae were the most representative in the corbicular load samples, with five temporary specialization events (>90%) being detected for representatives of Melastomataceae and Solanaceae. Furthermore, Melastomataceae also exhibited a greater contribution of pollen types in the honey samples, particularly because of the occurrence of Miconia type (87.17%), followed by Solanaceae, represented by types Solanum stramonifolium (5.00%) and Solanum aculeatissimum (2.50%). The low richness of pollen types in the corbicular pollen samples (n = 16) in this study suggests that M. interrupta may act as a specialist due to the low availability of apiculture resources in terra-firme environments, where intraspecific competition might affect not only the maintenance of these colonies in this environment but also their honey production.

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Marcos Goncalves Ferreira and Maria Lucia Absy "Pollen Niche of Melipona (Melikerria) Interrupta (Apidae: Meliponini) Bred in a Meliponary in a Terra-Firme Forest in the Central Amazon," Palynology 42(2), (1 April 2018). https://doi.org/10.1080/01916122.2017.1332694
Published: 1 April 2018
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