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Areas of natural occurrence of Melipona scutellaris Latreille, 1811 (Hymenoptera: Apidae) in the state of Bahia, Brazil.
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PMID:  22886160     Owner:  NLM     Status:  In-Data-Review    
Abstract/OtherAbstract:
The bee Melipona scutellaris is considered the reared meliponine species with the largest distribution in the North and Northeast regions of Brazil, with records from the state of Rio Grande do Norte down to the state of Bahia. Considering the importance of this species in the generation of income for family agriculture and in the preservation of areas with natural vegetation, this study aimed at providing knowledge on the distribution of natural colonies of M. scutellaris in the state of Bahia. Literature information, interviews with stinglessbee beekeepers, and expeditions were conducted to confirm the natural occurrence of the species. A total of 102 municipalities showed records for M. scutellaris, whose occurrence was observed in areas ranging from sea level up to 1,200-meter height. The occurrence of this species in the state of Bahia is considered to be restricted to municipalities on the coastal area and the Chapada Diamantina with its rainforests. Geographic coordinates, elevation, climate and vegetation data were obtained, which allowed a map to be prepared for the area of occurrence in order to support conservation and management policies for the species.
Authors:
Rogério M O Alves; Carlos A L Carvalho; Bruno A Souza; Wyratan S Santos
Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Anais da Academia Brasileira de Ciências     Volume:  84     ISSN:  1678-2690     ISO Abbreviation:  An. Acad. Bras. Cienc.     Publication Date:  2012 Sep 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2012-08-13     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  7503280     Medline TA:  An Acad Bras Cienc     Country:  Brazil    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  679-88     Citation Subset:  IM    
Affiliation:
Centro de Ciências Agrárias Ambientais e Biológicas, Universidade Federal do Recôncavo da Bahia, Cruz das Almas, BA, Brasil, 44380-000.
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