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nest architecture and genetic differentiation in a species complex of australian stingless bees.we investigated the taxonomic significance of nest shape and its putative role in speciation in trigona (heterotrigona) carbonaria and t. (h.) hockingsi, two sibling species of stingless bee species from eastern australia. these species are primarily distinguished by their nest architecture, as in all other respects they are nearly identical. we genotyped 130 colonies from six locations in queensland at 13 microsatellite loci together with 106 additional colonies from six other indo-pacific trig ...200415245404
bees at war: interspecific battles and nest usurpation in stingless bees.we provide the first evidence for interspecific warfare in bees, a spectacular natural phenomenon that involves a series of aerial battles and leads to thousands of fatalities from both attacking and defending colonies. molecular analysis of fights at a hive of the australian stingless bee tetragonula carbonaria revealed that the attack was launched by a related species, tetragonula hockingsi, which has only recently extended its habitat into southeastern queensland. following a succession of at ...201425438177
australian and new guinean stingless bees of the genus austroplebeia moure (hymenoptera: apidae)--a revision.the stingless bee genus austroplebeia moure occurring in australia and new guinea is revised, based on a morphological analysis of samples from 177 colonies. five species are recognised: a. cincta (mocsáry), a. essingtoni (cockerell), a. australis (friese), a. cassiae (cockerell) and a. magna, sp. nov. three different colour morphs of a. australis are described. five new synonymies are proposed: a. cockerelli (rayment), a. ornata (rayment), a. percincta (cockerell) and a. websteri (rayment) = a. ...201526624733
cerumen of australian stingless bees (tetragonula carbonaria): gas chromatography-mass spectrometry fingerprints and potential anti-inflammatory properties.cerumen, or propolis, is a mixture of plant resins enriched with bee secretions. in australia, stingless bees are important pollinators that use cerumen for nest construction and possibly for colony's health. while extensive research attests to the therapeutic properties of honeybee (apis mellifera) propolis, the biological and medicinal properties of australian stingless bee cerumen are largely unknown. in this study, the chemical and biological properties of polar extracts of cerumen from tetr ...201121347735
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