Cryptic species identification: a simple diagnostic tool for discriminating between two problematic bumblebee species


Ellis, J.S., Knight, M.E., Carvell, C. and Goulson, D. (2006) Cryptic species identification: a simple diagnostic tool for discriminating between two problematic bumblebee species. Molecular Ecology Notes, 6, (2), 540-542. (doi:10.1111/j.1471-8286.2006.01231.x).

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Distinguishing between cryptic species is a perennial problem for biologists. Bombus ruderatus and Bombus hortorum are two species of bumblebee, which can be indistinguishable from their morphology. The former species is in decline, whereas the latter is ubiquitous. In the UK, isolated records of B. ruderatus occur amongst many for B. hortorum. For ecological studies of B. ruderatus to be feasible, the two species need to be reliably distinguishable. We present a diagnostic tool for quick and reliable identification of problematic individuals based on a restriction enzyme digest of the cytochrome b region of mitochondrial DNA.

Item Type: Article
ISSNs: 1471-8278 (print)
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Keywords: bombus, conservation, cryptic species, mtDNA, restriction enzyme
Subjects: Q Science > QH Natural history > QH301 Biology
Divisions: University Structure - Pre August 2011 > School of Biological Sciences
ePrint ID: 55769
Date Deposited: 05 Aug 2008
Last Modified: 27 Mar 2014 18:38
Contact Email Address: mairi.knight@plymouth.ac.uk
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/55769

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