Current Trends and Advancements in Species


Author(s): Current Trends and Advancements in Species

Among 20,000 bee species globally, honey bees
are the well-known taxa because of their
apicultural use and effective pollinating agents.
Ten extant species, the dwarf, the giant and the
cavity nesting honey bees including the imported
European honey bee, Apis mellifera, are found in
Asia. Four species each in India and Thailand, five
species each in China and Indonesia, are reported
besides A. mellifera. Only recently, Apis indica, the
Plains Honey Bee of south India and A. breviligula,
the Giant Philippine Honey Bee, are recognized as
valid species.

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