, Volume 46, Issue 3, pp 271–277 | Cite as

Origin of males in Melipona subnitida estimated from data of an isozymic polymorphic system

  • E. P. B. Contel
  • W. E. Kerr

In a population of the social bee Melipona subnitida of about 200 hives, from Mossoró, Northeastern Brazil, 54 hives were sampled and studied electrophoretically as far as the alleles Est-3S, Est-3M and Est-3F were concerned. Males are produced by eggs laid by workers (no more than 4 in the same day) and by the queen. It was estimated that 61.2% of the drones are sons of the queen and 38.8% are sons of the workers. With these values the effective number (Ne) was estimated in 395.80 which is 24% higher than in a model in which all males are sons of the queen.


Effective Number Polymorphic System Melipona Subnitida 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • E. P. B. Contel
    • 1
  • W. E. Kerr
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of GeneticsFaculdade de Medicina de Ribeirão PretoRibeirão PretoBrasil

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