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A model of dispersion and regulation of brood mite (Tropilaelaps clareae) parasitism on the giant honeybee (Apis dorsata)

Burgett, DM.; Rossignol, PA.; Kitprasert, C.

Canadian Journal of Zoology 687: 1423-1427

1990


ISSN/ISBN: 0008-4301
DOI: 10.1139/z90-212
Accession: 001738665

The distribution of the ectoparasite Tropilaelaps clareae on the brood of Apis dorsata was studied in Thailand. The distribution was aggregated and fitted the negative binomial distribution if parasite-associated host mortality is presumed. As no brood mortality was directly observed, this presumed mortality was accounted for through the removal of infested late-instar larval brood or pupae with their parasites, by worker nurse bees.

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