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|Title:||Pollen niche of Melipona (Melikerria) interrupta (Apidae: Meliponini) bred in a meliponary in a terra-firme forest in the central Amazon|
|Authors:||Ferreira, Marcos Gonçalves|
Absy, Maria Lúcia
|metadata.dc.relation.ispartof:||Volume 42, Número 2, Pags. 199-209|
|Abstract:||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. © 2017 AASP–The Palynological Society.|
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