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). pp. 540-542. ISSN 1471-8278

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Abstract

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. © 2006 Blackwell Publishing Ltd.

Item Type: Article
Schools and Departments: School of Life Sciences > Evolution, Behaviour and Environment
Depositing User: Catrina Hey
Date Deposited: 25 Nov 2014 14:55
Last Modified: 25 Nov 2014 14:55
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/51225
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