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Turkish Journal of Veterinary & Animal Sciences

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Abstract

This study was conducted to determine the morphological characteristics and to identify the honeybee (Apis mellifera L.) genotypes husbanded in the Artvin and Ardahan cities of the northeastern Anatolia Region. A total of 84 worker bee experimental samples were collected from 8 apiaries in different locations. From each sample 20 workers were used and 19 morphological characteristics were measured biometrically. Samples used were collected from 3 regions of Ardahan (Ardahan-Center, Posof-Yeniköy and Posof-Süngülü) and from 5 different regions of Artvin province (Hamurlu, Kaşıkçı, Borçka-Camili, Şavşat-Kocabey and Muratlı). As a result of discrimination analysis there was found to be no variation between bees from deffirent areas in T4 and cubital vein length a on the front wing. Though 7 discriminant functions were analysed, the first three functions accounted for 84.1% of the total variation. The 24 samples taken from Artvin Borçka-Camili and 10 samples from Ardahan-Center and 10 samples from Ardahan Posof-Yeniköy were completely classified into their real groups. Artvin Borçka-Camili, Ardahan-Center, Posof-Yeniköy samples were distinguished from other groups and formed a distinct group. Whereas, in the Hamurlu, Kaşıkçı, Şavşat-Kocabey and Muratlı populations the samples overlapped.

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