Apis mellifera intermissa

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Apis mellifera intermissa
Apis mellifera intermissa 01, Tunisia 2013.jpg
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Clade: Euarthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Apidae
Genus: Apis
Species: A. mellifera
Subspecies: A. m. intermissa
Trinomial name
Apis mellifera intermissa
(Buttel-Reepen, 1906)

Apis mellifera major

Apis mellifera intermissa is an African sub-species of the Western honey bee.


Previously classified as A.M.intermissa v. Buttel-Reepen[2][3][4] a reviewed classification of genus instead states the sub-species as A.M.intermissa v.Maa (M.S.Engel 1999)[5][6] Found in the south of Spain [7] and the (Maghreb) north of the Sahara desert in Africa, ranging from the east (Libya) to the west (Morocco),[8][9] and is adapted to dry climates.[10] This bee has a black-brown and orange striated abdomen and black-brown thorax with orange fur.[11][12][13][14]


In a comparative study of five sub-species and A.m.iberica (Smith,Palopoli,Taylor,Garnery,Cornuet,Solignac,Brown 1991) cleavage maps obtained through the use of restriction enzyme [15] showed the Spanish Honey bee contains mtDNA similar to intermissa and also mellifera.[7] Additionally A.m.intermissa belongs to a group shown by experiment to have similar mtD.N.A (mitochondrian D.N.A.),this including monticola, scuttelata,andansonii and capensis [16][17][18]

In Spanish bee populations, mtDNA haplotypes of African bee strains were found to be frequently present (Smith 1991, Garnery et al 1995) (Cornuet et al 1975,1978, 1982, 1988; Ruttner 1988;Cornuet and Fresnaye 1989;Orante-Bermejos and Garcia-Fernandez 1995; Hepburn and Radloff 1996). Migrating bee populations formed the original colonies of bee in western Europe, landing to eventually populate the continent from Africa across the Straits of Gibraltar.[19]

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  1. ^ Michael S. Engel (1999). "The taxonomy of recent and fossil honey bees (Hymenoptera: Apidae: Apis)". Journal of Hymenoptera Research. 8: 165–196. 
  2. ^ "Honey bee breeds". save-bee.com. Retrieved 2013-06-07. 
  3. ^ "Honey bees". Retrieved 2018-05-11. 
  4. ^ ENCYCLOPEDIE UNIVERSELLE DE LA LANGUE FRANCAISE - ABEILLES - APIDAE - APIS MELLIFERA - INTRODUCTION. encyclopedie-universelle website. Retrieved 2013-06-07. 
  5. ^ M.S.Engel google.co.uk The Taxonomy of Recent and Fossil Honey Bees (Hymenoptera :Apidae , Apis) J.HYM RES Vol 8(2) 1999 p.165-196 [Retrieved 2011-12-20]
  6. ^ P. D. Evans [citing (Smith 1991), Garnery et al (1991), et al] books.google.co.uk(Google eBook) Advances in Insect Physiology, Volume 25 (345 pages) Academic Press, 25 Jul 1995 ISBN 0-12-024225-7 [Retrieved 2011-12-20]
  7. ^ a b D. R. Smith, M. F. Palopoli, B. R. Taylor, L. Garnery, J.-M. Cornuet, M. Solignac, W. M. Brown [jhered.oxfordjournals.org (The American Genetic Association 1991) Geographical Overlap of Two Mitochondrial Genomes in Spanish Honeybees (Apis mellifera iberica) The Journal of Heredity] Check |url= value (help). Oxford University Press 03/01/1991. Retrieved 2011-12-19. 
  8. ^ apiconsult.com website (Apiconsult 2006) a website dedicated to aiding and improving the livelihoods of people within Africa [Retrieved 2011-12-19]
  9. ^ Mark L. Winston books.google.co.uk The biology of the honey bee (281 pages) Harvard University Press, 1 Apr 1991 ISBN 0-674-07409-2 [Retrieved 2011-12-19]
  10. ^ "Honey bees". [dead link]
  11. ^ Leen van 't Leven, Marieke Mutsaers, Piet Segeren, Hayo Velthuis books.google.co.uk AD32E Beekeeping in the tropics Agromisa Foundation[Retrieved 2012-12-19]
  12. ^ David Wynick University of Bristol [2nd Apr 2008] from askabiologist.org.uk website
  13. ^ "Netzwerk Biene". honey-bees.de. Retrieved 7 May 2015. 
  14. ^ Jalel l'apiculteur flickr.com [Retrieved 2011-12-20]
  15. ^ "Restriction Maps". colostate.edu. Retrieved 7 May 2015. 
  16. ^ L Garnery, J M Cornuet and M Solignac pubget.com Evolutionary history of the honey bee Apis mellifera inferred from mitochondrial DNA analysis. Mol Ecol 1(3):145-54 (1992) PMID 1364272 doi:10.1111/j.1365-294X.1992.tb00170.x [Retrieved 2011-12-19]
  17. ^ [John E. Dews, Eric Milner books.google.co.uk Breeding Better Bees (80 pages) WritersPrintShop, 2004 ISBN 1-904623-18-2 [Retrieved 2011-12-19]
  18. ^ M.Chouchene, N. Barbouche, M.Garnery, L.Baylac openstarts.units.it Nimis P.L. Vignes Lebbe R (eds.) Tools for Identifying Biodiversity: Progress and Problems p.343 Molecular and ecophysiological characterisation of the Tunisian bee : Apis mellifera intermissa ISBN 978-88-8303-295-0 EUT,2010[Retrieved 2011-12-20]
  19. ^ Pierre Franck, Lionel Garnery, Michel Solignac and Jean-Marie Cornuet (1997) JSTOR The Origin of West European Subspecies of Honeybees (Apis mellifera): New Insights from Microsatellite and Mitochondrial Data EvolutionVol. 52, No. 4 (Aug., 1998), pp. 1119-1134 (article consists of 16 pages) Published by: Society for the Study of Evolution [Retrieved 2011-12-22]

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