Journal of Insect Conservation

, Volume 23, Issue 1, pp 63–73 | Cite as

Combining phylogeography and future climate change for conservation of Bombus morio and B. pauloensis (Hymenoptera: Apidae)

  • Elaine FrançosoEmail author
  • Alexandre Rizzo Zuntini
  • Maria Cristina Arias


A worldwide decline of many bee species has been reported, but conversely some species seems to be in expansion. Nonetheless species truly in expansion may be overestimated, especially when they are considered as a whole, and information about intraspecific lineages is lacking. The objective of this study was to test whether the bumblebee species Bombus morio and B. pauloensis will be safe under future climate changes. Specifically, test if these bees will suffer geographic decline or expansion; test whether each phylogeographic lineage within B. pauloensis will respond differently in modeling of future geographic distribution given climate change; find stable areas holding high genetic diversity based on predicted future climatic changes; and test whether these areas are covered by existing protected areas. To reach the objectives we performed analyses using phylogeographic data already available and climate change information to model the demography of the panmictic B. morio and the phylogeographic lineages in B. pauloensis. Our results suggest that both species will suffer a reduction in suitable area and that the reduction in distribution is masked for B. pauloensis. When each clade was separately analyzed, the ones in the edge of the species distribution are the most likely to decline. We found a large future refuge in eastern state of São Paulo and state of Rio de Janeiro for B. morio and for the clades of B. pauloensis. This refuge seems to show high levels of species richness and endemism for different taxa. Thus, by protecting this area we will be preserving not only the pattern of biodiversity but also the processes that generate and maintain them for many other species.


Phylogeographic lineages Future distribution modeling Conservation Bumblebee Brazil 



We would like to thank J. Richard Abbott for English review of the earlier version of the manuscript, the Missouri Botanical Garden (Saint Louis, MO, USA) where this manuscript was written, Flavio de Oliveira Francisco for comments, and Susy Coelho for the laboratory maintenance. Financial support was provided by Fundação de Amparo à Pesquisa do Estado de São Paulo (Proc. 10/50597-5 and 13/12530-4; Ph.D. and scholarship to EF 2009/07124-1, 2010/20548-2 and 2013/03961-1) and by Conselho Nacional de Desenvolvimento Científico e Tecnológico (research fellowship to MCA).

Author contributions

EF, did the research and wrote the manuscript; ARZ, assistance in data analysis, R scripts and advice; and MCA, advice, guidance and support in preparing the manuscript.

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The authors declare no potential conflict of interests.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Elaine Françoso
    • 1
    Email author
  • Alexandre Rizzo Zuntini
    • 2
  • Maria Cristina Arias
    • 1
  1. 1.Instituto de BiociênciasUniversidade de São PauloSão PauloBrazil
  2. 2.Instituto de BiologiaUniversidade Estadual de CampinasCampinasBrazil

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