Allozyme variation in bumble bees (Hymenoptera: Apidae)

  title={Allozyme variation in bumble bees (Hymenoptera: Apidae)},
  author={Robin E. Owen and L. Janice Mydynski and Laurence Packer and D. B. Mccorquodale},
  journal={Biochemical Genetics},
Allozyme variation at an average of 37.3 loci was assessed in queens of 16Bombus and 2Psithyrus bumble bee species from North America. The mean expected heterozygosity $$(\bar H)$$ for theBombus species was 0.008±0.006 (95% confidence limits) and that for thePsithyrus was 0.007±0.007. These levels are significantly lower than found in other Hymenoptera but are comparable to those found in previous studies of bumble bees based on far fewer loci. Neutral mutation and random genetic drift can… CONTINUE READING

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