New Record of Stingless Bees (Meliponini: Trigona) in Thailand

Authors

  • ATSALEK KLAKASIKORN Department of Biology Faculty of Science, Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok 10330, THAILAND
  • SIRIWAT WONGSIRI Department of Biology Faculty of Science, Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok 10330, THAILAND
  • SUREERAT DEOWANISH Department of Biology Faculty of Science, Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok 10330, THAILAND
  • ORAWAN DUANGPHAKDEE Department of Biology Faculty of Science, Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok 10330, THAILAND

Keywords:

New record, Stingless bees, Meliponini, Trigona, Trigona binghami, Trigona minor

Abstract

Stingless bees, of which over 500 species are recorded, are found mostly in tropical countries. Species are classified into five genera: Melipona, Trigona, Meliponula, Dectylurina and Lestrimelitta. Trigona is an extensive genus of the Meliponini tribe found in tropical regions of all continents. Stingless bees in this study were collected from the western, eastern and northern regions of Thailand between 2002 and 2003. Ten species of Trigona were identified and two species, Trigona binghami and Trigona minor, are new records to the list of 30 species recorded by Schwarz (1939), Sakagami et al. (1985) and Michener and Boongird (2004) making a total of 32 stingless bees in Trigona that are currently recorded from Thailand. The newly recorded species were found in HM Queen Sirikit Botanical Garden in Maerim, Chiang Mai, Chanthaburi and Mae Hong Son Provinces, Thailand.

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Published

2005-05-01

How to Cite

KLAKASIKORN, A., WONGSIRI, S., DEOWANISH, S., & DUANGPHAKDEE, O. (2005). New Record of Stingless Bees (Meliponini: Trigona) in Thailand. Tropical Natural History, 5(1), 1–7. Retrieved from https://li01.tci-thaijo.org/index.php/tnh/article/view/102885