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

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

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Abstract/Summary

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: Publication - Article
Digital Object Identifier (DOI): 10.1111/j.1471-8286.2006.01231.x
Programmes: CEH Programmes pre-2009 publications > Other
CEH Programmes pre-2009 publications > Biodiversity
CEH Sections: _ Ecological Processes & Modelling
ISSN: 1471-8278
Format Availability: Electronic, Print
Additional Keywords: Bombus, conservation, cryptic species, mtDNA, restriction enzyme
NORA Subject Terms: Zoology
Ecology and Environment
Date made live: 03 Jul 2007 13:16
URI: http://nora.nerc.ac.uk/id/eprint/309

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