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Tsukuba Business-Academia Cooperation Support Center, Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Research Council Secretariat of the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, Japan (MAFF) was established in 1978 as Tsukuba Office and has been planning and operating various research facilities for supporting experimental research activities of research agencies, prefectural organizations and universities. The Tsukuba Business-Academia Cooperation Support Center is currently managing two centers, Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Research Infor [...]

Journal Article

Journal article

The giant honey bee, Apis lithohermaea Engel, from the Miocene of Japan and the geological history of Apis (Hymenoptera: Apidae)  [2006]

Engel, M.S.(University of Kansas, Lawrence (USA));

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The recently described giant fossil honey bee, Apis lilthohermaea Engel, is introduced and briefly described. The species was recovered from middle Miocene deposits of Iki Island, Japan. Apis lithohermaea is the largest fossil honey bee discovered, rivaling in size the modern giant honey bee, A. dorsata Fabricius, and is the first recorded fossil of the dorsata species group. Although the dorsata group does not occur further north than Tibet and southern China and in the Philippines in the Pacific, this lineage occurred near what is today southern Korea and Japan during the Miocene. The geological history of the honey bees is briefly reviewed.

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Honeybee Science - Tamagawa University (Japan)

ISSN : 0388-2217