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Table 3 Frequency of reference (FM) and average number of descriptors (ND) used by inhabitants from the north of Misiones to characterize stingless bees.

From: Descriptive attributes used in the characterization of stingless bees (Apidae: Meliponini) in rural populations of the Atlantic forest (Misiones-Argentina)

  Nest Ethological Organoleptic Piquera F P
FM 44.4 (c) 72.7 (bc) 112.1 (a) 75.5 (ba) 5.9 0.0018
Range 18.8-112.2 40.6-105 12-200 20-174.2   
S.D. 31.61 21.47 49.4 49.5   
ND 2.17 (c) 2.5 (bc) 3.3 (ba) 4 (a) 10.2 < 0.0001
Range 1-5 1-4 1-5 1-5   
S.D. 0.9 0.8 0.9 0.9   
  1. Descriptors grouped into the following criteria are compared (ANOVA): Nest (N = 12), Ethological (N = 12), Organoleptic (N = 12), and Piquera (N = 11). Different letters indicate significant differences among variables (alpha 0.05)