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Bombus cryptarum (Fabricius, 1775)
Type status: Other material. Occurrence: occurrenceRemarks: on Rhododendron ferrugineum L.; recordedBy: S. Bossert ; individualCount: 1 ; sex: 1 queen; Location: country: Austria ; stateProvince: Tyrol; locality: Zemmgrund ; verbatimElevation: 2006 m; decimalLatitude: 47.022678 ; decimalLongitude: 11.813367 ; Event: samplingProtocol: manual catch ; eventDate: 07-05-13 ; habitat: alpine meadow / tall forb meadow
The species seems to have a boreal distribution in great parts of the Palaearctic and even reaches western North America ( Williams et al. 2012 ).
The specimen belongs to a cryptic species complex consisting of Bombus cryptarum , Bombus lucorum and Bombus magnus but could positively be determined as Bombus cryptarum with the analyses of the nucleotide sequence of the COI gene. For details, see the discussion.