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Title: Unveiling cryptic species of the bumblebee subgenus Bombus s. str. world-wide with COI barcodes (Hymenoptera: Apidae)
Author(s): Williams, Paul H
Brown, Mark J F
Carolan, James C
Goulson, Dave
An, Jiandong
Aytekin, A Murat
Best, Lincoln R
Byvaltsev, Alexandr M
Cederberg, Bjorn
Dawson, Robert
Huang, Jiaxing
Ito, Masao
Monfared, Alireza
Raina, Rifat H
Schmid-Hempel, Paul
Sheffield, Cory S
Sima, Peter
Xie, Zenghua
Contact Email: dave.goulson@stir.ac.uk
Keywords: barcoding
Bombus
bumblebees
lucorum-complex
pollinators
systematics
taxonomy
Issue Date: Mar-2012
Publisher: Taylor and Francis
Citation: Williams PH, Brown MJF, Carolan JC, Goulson D, An J, Aytekin AM, Best LR, Byvaltsev AM, Cederberg B, Dawson R, Huang J, Ito M, Monfared A, Raina RH, Schmid-Hempel P, Sheffield CS, Sima P & Xie Z (2012) Unveiling cryptic species of the bumblebee subgenus Bombus s. str. world-wide with COI barcodes (Hymenoptera: Apidae), Systematics and Biodiversity, 10 (1), pp. 21-56.
Abstract: Bumblebees of the subgenus Bombus s. str. dominate (or used to dominate) many north temperate pollinator assemblages and include most of the commercial bumblebee pollinator species. Several species are now in serious decline, so conservationists need to know precisely which ones are involved. The problem is that many Bombus s. str. species are cryptic, so that species identification from morphology may be impossible for some individuals and is frequently misleading according to recent molecular studies. This is the first review of the entire subgenus to: (1) avoid fixed a priori assumptions concerning the limits of the problematic species; and (2) sample multiple sites from across the entire geographic ranges of all of the principal named taxa worldwide; and (3) fit an explicit model for how characters change within an evolutionary framework; and (4) apply explicit and consistent criteria within this evolutionary framework for recognising species. We analyse easily-obtained DNA (COI-barcode) data for 559 sequences from 279 localities in 33 countries using general mixed Yule-coalescent (GMYC) models, assuming only the morphologically distinctive species B. affinis Cresson, B. franklini (Frison), B. ignitus Smith and B. tunicatus Smith, and then recognise other comparable COI-barcode groups as putative species. These species correspond to modified concepts of the taxa B. cryptarum (Fabricius), B. hypocrita Pérez, B. jacobsoni Skorikov, B. lantschouensis Vogt n. stat., B. longipennis Friese, B. lucorum (Linnaeus), B. magnus Vogt, B. minshanensis Bischoff n. stat., B. occidentalis Greene, B. patagiatus Nylander, B. sporadicus Nylander, B. terrestris (Linnaeus) and B. terricola Kirby (a total of 17 species). Seven lectotypes are designated. Our results allow us for the first time to diagnose all of the putative species throughout their global ranges and to map the extent of these geographic ranges.
Type: Journal Article
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1893/7328
DOI Link: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/14772000.2012.664574
Rights: Article is open access. Taylor and Francis policy is as follows: For non-commercial purposes only, users may access, download, copy, display, and redistribute the Taylor & Francis Open Select article as well as adapt, translate, text- and data-mine content contained in the article, subject to a number of conditions, see http://www.tandfonline.com/page/termsandconditions-part2-intellectualproperty. Williams PH, Brown MJF, Carolan JC, Goulson D, An J, Aytekin AM, Best LR, Byvaltsev AM, Cederberg B, Dawson R, Huang J, Ito M, Monfared A, Raina RH, Schmid-Hempel P, Sheffield CS, Sima P & Xie Z (2012) Unveiling cryptic species of the bumblebee subgenus Bombus s. str. world-wide with COI barcodes (Hymenoptera: Apidae), Systematics and Biodiversity, 10 (1), pp. 21-56. DOI: 10.1080/14772000.2012.664574. http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/14772000.2012.664574?tab=permissions#tabModule
Affiliation: The Natural History Museum
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Trinity College, Dublin
Biological and Environmental Sciences
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University of York
Novosibirsk State University
Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences
University of Stirling
Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences
Higashi-Ku, Japan
Yasouj University, Iran
Sheri Kashmir University of Agricultural Sciences and Technology, India
Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule, Switzerland
University of York
Komárňanská cesta 13, Slovakia
Chinese Academy of Forestry

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