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|Title:||Areas of natural occurrence of Melipona scutellaris Latreille, 1811 (Hymenoptera: Apidae) in the state of Bahia, Brazil.|
|Authors:||ALVES, R. M. O.|
CARVALHO, C. A. L.
SOUZA, B. A.
SANTOS, W. S.
|Affiliation:||ROGÉRIO M. O. ALVES, UNIVERSIDADE FEDERAL DO RECÔNCAVO DA BAHIA; CARLOS A. L. CARVALHO, UNIVERSIDADE FEDERAL DO RECÔNCAVO DA BAHIA; BRUNO DE ALMEIDA SOUZA, CPAMN; WYRATAN S. SANTOS, UNIVERSIDADE FEDERAL DO RECÔNCAVO DA BAHIA.|
|Citation:||Anais da Academia Brasileira de Ciências, v. 84, n. 3, p. 679-688, 2012.|
|Description:||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 stingless bee beekeepers, and expeditions were conducted to confrm 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.|
|Keywords:||Abelha sem ferrão|
|Type of Material:||Anais e Proceedings de eventos|
|Appears in Collections:||Artigo em periódico indexado (CPAMN)|
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