Abstract The Australian small carpenter bee, Ceratina australensis, is the sole member of the small carpenter bees, genus Ceratina, in Australia. Ceratina australensis is found throughout eastern Australia in dead, broken stems of weedy plant species, where it makes its nests. Here we developed eight microsatellite loci and used these markers to characterize the genetic structure of three populations across three distinct ecoregions that are connected by the Murray–Darling River basin. We genotyped 57 female bees and found significant and geographically consistent variation in allelic diversity and heterozygosity between populations. Through comparisons with the results of mitochondrial DNA screening from a previous study, we infer the possibilities of male-biased dispersal and limited interpopulation migration. Based on available distribution data, the expansion of C. australensis into arid regions appears to follow the Murray–Darling River basin and associated waterways. This basin has undergone severe anthropogenic disturbance since European settlement of Australia, with large-scale changes to native vegetation communities. Although it is unknown how these changes have affected local insect communities, C. australensis does not rely on a single plant species for nesting habitat. We provide evidence for the hypothesis that expansion of C. australensis into Australia might have been aided by the introduction of non-native pithy stemmed plants. biogeography, dispersal, microsatellite markers, native bee, population genetics, range expansion INTRODUCTION Species distributions are highly dependent on the relative fitness of individuals in different environmental contexts (Hoffman & Blows, 1994). As a small founding population attempts to expand its range, it is likely to face new environmental challenges and reduced fitness. Repeated cycles of attempted founding events and subsequent extirpation can leave evidence of genetic bottlenecks in populations at range edges (Eckert, Samis & Lougheed, 2008; Cortázar-Chinarro et al., 2017). Recent or particularly severe bottlenecks are expected to decrease overall genetic diversity, removing rare alleles, decreasing the effective population size (Ne) and increasing the relatedness between individuals in successive generations (Cornuet & Luikart, 1996). If immigration into a bottlenecked population is low, the effects of genetic drift will be amplified, leading either to the deleterious effects of drift and possible extirpation or to genetic segregation from source populations and evolution. As has been observed in many invasive species, some taxa are able to overcome the deleterious effects of inbreeding despite initially small effective population sizes (Tsutsui & Suarez, 2003; Arca et al., 2015). Such species may avoid inbreeding through behavioural adaptions, such as kin recognition (Kukuk & Decelles, 1986; Jongepier & Foitzik, 2016) or sex-biased dispersal (Pusey, 1987; Baines, Ferzoco & McCauley, 2017), either of which limits the probability of mating with relatives. Those organisms that do not strictly conform to patterns of Mendelian inheritance may be particularly well equipped to reproduce successfully with limited outbreeding. Haplodiploid organisms, for instance, may be resistant to the effects of inbreeding owing to the increased selective pressures on the haploid sex (Lin & Michener, 1972). Studies across haplodiploid Hymenoptera have repeatedly shown that certain members of this group demonstrate a strong resilience to negative founder effects otherwise expected during iterative range expansions (Schmid-Hempel et al., 2007; Arca et al., 2015; López-Uribe et al., 2016; Soro et al., 2017). However, Hymenoptera may be susceptible to the increased deleterious effects of reduced allelic diversity in small populations owing to the complementary sex determination system (Asplen et al., 2009), which is expected to produce sterile diploid males during increased inbreeding and homozygosity, greatly increasing the risk of extinction (Zayed & Packer, 2005). Male-mediated sex-biased dispersal can prevent inbreeding and has been shown to structure populations of species in which females nest philopatrically (Boomsma, Baer & Heinze, 2005; Ulrich, Perrin & Chapuisat, 2009; López-Uribe et al., 2014, 2015). Ceratina small carpenter bees have a cosmopolitan distribution and are represented by ~200 species of generalist pollinators (Michener, 2007; Rehan & Schwarz, 2015). Although speciose on most continents, the genus is represented by a single species, Ceratina australensis (Perkins), in Australia. This species inhabits a wide variety of climates across its range, including subtropical and temperate forests, persistently dry grasslands and temperate coastal dunes (Dew, Rehan & Schwarz, 2016). Ceratina australensis is largely subsocial; most nests contain a single female, which provides extended maternal care to her brood (Michener, 1974; Rehan, Richards & Schwarz, 2010). However, this species also demonstrates a facultative capacity for social nesting; a low frequency of nests within a given population (3–20%) will contain two females, which operate under a reproductive division of labour (Rehan et al., 2010; Rehan, Schwarz & Richards, 2011; Dew, Shell & Rehan, 2018). Social nesting in this species is thought to be reinforced by the limited dispersal of females from natal nests (Rehan et al., 2014). Dispersal patterns have been implicated in structuring social systems in halictid sweat bees by increasing the densities of philopatric females and varying levels of drifting between nests (Kukuk & Decelles, 1986; Yanega, 1990; Ulrich et al., 2009; Johnstone, Cant & Field, 2012; Friedel, Paxton & Soro, 2017). As such, assessing the phylogeography and population genetics of C. australensis can improve our understanding of both the historical biogeography and the sociobiology of facultatively social insects. A previous assessment of mitochondrial CO1 haplotype variation across the C. australensis range supported an ancestral dispersal out of Asia, coinciding with the last major glaciation event ~18 kya, followed by expansion south and west (Dew et al., 2016). The most southern population sampled during that study was represented by a single haplotype, which indicated either a recent genetic bottleneck or a founding event followed by little to no additional immigration. Comparisons between mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) and nuclear DNA (nucDNA) shed light on maternal and paternal lineages and potential population structuring by sex-biased dispersal (Ross & Shoemaker, 1997; Jorde, Bamshad & Rogers, 1998; Goudet, Perrin & Waser, 2002; Ulrich et al., 2009; Ambrose et al., 2014; Tamang et al., 2018). Here we develop and use a suite of microsatellite markers for C. australensis to gain insights into the species’ population genetics and evolutionary history through analysis of the phylogeographical structure of three focal populations. MATERIAL AND METHODS Field collections and demographic assessments Bees were collected from nests representing three geographically distinct C. australensis populations in January of 2015, 2016, and 2017 (Fig. 1). Our Queensland (QLD) population (28.24°S, 152.09°E) was drawn from subtropical temperate forests characterized by warm summers and cold winters; Victoria (VIC; 34.15°S, 142.16°E) from a semi-arid riverine area with hot, dry summers and cold winters; and our South Australia (SA) population (34.94°S, 138.50°E) from coastal dunes with warm summers and cold winters (Dew et al., 2016, 2018). Victoria is a drier region of Australia than either QLD or SA, but is connected to both regions by a series of waterways which form the Murray–Darling River basin (MDRB; Fig. 1). Lake Alexandrina, which lies ~100 km southwest of our SA collection site, is not a part of the MDRB, but is fed by the Murray River. The area between Lake Alexandrina and the collection site is not restricted by arid habitat. During sampling, nests were found primarily within stems of giant fennel (Ferula communis) in QLD, dark sago-weed (Plantago drummondii) in VIC, and European searocket (Cakile maritima) in SA (Dew et al., 2018). Collections were made during dawn and dusk, outside of C. australensis foraging hours, which greatly increases the chances of collecting all nest inhabitants. Nests were first refrigerated to sedate occupants and then opened by cutting the stems in half lengthwise with a pocket knife. The contents of each brood cell were then carefully recorded and bees immediately frozen in liquid nitrogen and stored at −80 °C. Figure 1. View largeDownload slide Map of Australia, indicating all known Ceratina australensis collection sites (circles) and the Murray–Darling River basin (red outline). Red circles denote populations sampled for use in this study; blue circles denote other collection sites, recorded by the Atlas of Living Australia (ala.org.au) and Michener (1962). Figure 1. View largeDownload slide Map of Australia, indicating all known Ceratina australensis collection sites (circles) and the Murray–Darling River basin (red outline). Red circles denote populations sampled for use in this study; blue circles denote other collection sites, recorded by the Atlas of Living Australia (ala.org.au) and Michener (1962). Microsatellite development Eight microsatellite primers were designed using the C. australensis genome (S.M.R., unpubublished data), following Shell & Rehan (2016). Forward primers were designed with an M13 oligo extension, following Schuelke (2000), to incorporate a universal fluorescently labelled dye (VIC or FAM from the DS-33 set). DNA was extracted from the abdominal tissues of collected adult females using a modified phenol–chloroform extraction (Kirby, 1965). Polymerase chain reaction (PCR) was then carried out using a total reaction volume of 10 µL [4.975 µL deionized water; 1 µL 10× buffer, 1 µL MgCl2 (25 mM), 0.125 µL forward primer with M13 tail (10 mM), 0.5 µL reverse primer (10 mM), 0.5 µL M13 oligo (10 mM); 0.2 µL dNTPs (10 mM); 0.2 µL recombinant Taq DNA polymerase (Fisher Scientific, Pittsburgh, PA, USA); and 1.5 µL of DNA template] in an Eppendorf Mastercycler gradient thermocycler (Eppendorf North America, Hauppauge, NY, USA). The PCR runs involved the following five stages: (1) an initial denaturing at 94 °C for 1 min; (2) a touchdown series of ten cycles starting at 94 °C for 10 s, 60 °C for 15 s, then cooling incrementally to primer-specific annealing temperature, and a 72 °C extension for 15 s; (3) 20–35 cycles at 94 °C for 15 s, followed by primer-specific annealing temperature for 15 s; a second extension at 72 °C for 25 s; (4) eight cycles at 94 °C for 10 s, 53 °C for 15 s, 72 °C for 20 s; and (5) a final extension at 72 °C for 10 min. The PCR products were sent to the DNA Analysis Facility at Yale University for fragment analysis on a 3730xl Analyzer. Allele data were then scored using Peak Scanner 2 (Applied Biosystems, Foster City, CA, USA). We assessed the genetic profiles of 57 females from separate nests across the range of C. australensis (QLD, 15; SA, 31; VIC, 11). These eight microsatellites were uploaded to GenBank under accession numbers MH061300–MH061307 (Supporting Information, Table S1). Locus characteristics and population structure Tests for deviation from Hardy–Weinberg equilibrium (HWE) and for loci displaying linkage disequilibrium were conducted in GenePop 4.2 (Rousset, 2008) using one female per nest. Allele number (Na), effective allele number (Ae) and observed and expected heterozygosity (Ho and He) were calculated using GenAlEx 6.502 (Peakall & Smouse, 2006). Allele number is a measure of allelic richness, and Ae is a measure of allelic diversity. Effective allele number accounts for the frequency of alleles, such that alleles with low frequency contribute less to Ae than alleles that occur frequently. The values of Na, Ae, Ho and He were compared between populations using the Conover–Iman test for multiple comparisons (Conover & Iman, 1979) in the package conover.test in R v1.1.383 (R Core Team, 2017). An analysis of molecular variance (AMOVA) was carried out in ARLEQUIN v.22.214.171.124 (Excoffier, Laval & Schneider, 2005) to assess within-, among- and between-population variances during a 1000 permutation run. Genetic fixation (FST) and genetic differentiation (Dest; Jost, 2008) between each population were compared with 100 random permutations and 1000 resamplings, respectively, to assess statistical significance. Values of Dest were calculated using DEMEtics (Gerlach et al., 2010). The extent of genetic admixture between populations was inferred using the program STRUCTURE v.2.3.4 (Pritchard, Stephens & Donnelly, 2000). STRUCTURE groups individuals into genetic clusters based on allele frequency and then calculates the probability of membership of each cluster for each individual. If an individual’s genotype appears to belong to more than one cluster, this indicates admixture between populations (Pritchard, Stephens & Donnelly, 2000). We provided a population count estimate of K = 2–4, where K is the potential number of genetic clusters, and then ran a 100000 step Markov chain Monte Carlo, following an initial burn-in of 50000. STRUCTURE can be calibrated with known population information to assign individuals more accurately (Pritchard, Stephens & Donnelly, 2000). STRUCTURE uses prior population information sets only if location is correlated with genetic information (Pritchard, Wen & Falush, 2010). We ran two tests: one in which we estimated admixture (α) using prior population information, and another with no set priors (the basic model). α values range from 0–10, with higher values indicating greater degrees of shared ancestry between populations. We ran ten simulations for each test and used the outputs to generate an average for each test type, which we compiled and visualized using CLUMPAK (Kopelman et al., 2015). CLUMPAK presents a summary estimate of the vector Q, which represents the proportion of each individual’s genome assigned to each cluster across runs (Pritchard, Stephens & Donnelly, 2000). We then used the program BOTTLENECK v.1.2.02 (Luikart & Cornuet, 1999) to detect any evidence for a recent bottleneck within each of our three supported populations. Recent bottlenecks (within 2Ne–4Ne generations) exhibit reduced Na and heterozygosity. Heterozygosity can refer to either the expected level of heterozygosity based on the relative frequency of alleles (He) or the level of heterozygosity at mutation-drift equilibrium (Heq), which is calculated using Na. During a population bottleneck, rare alleles are more readily removed from a population on average, causing a relatively rapid loss of Na compared with He. It is thus expected that He > Heq if a population bottleneck is to have reduced Ne within the last two to four reproductive generations (Luikart & Cornuet, 1999). This can be visualized using the Luikart et al. (1998) method, which bins allelic frequencies into ten frequency classes (0–0.1, 0.1–0.2 … 0.9–1.0). As is recommended for microsatellite loci, we used the two-phase model (TPM) in BOTTLENECK under an assumption of 95% single-step mutations, 5% multi-step mutations, and a variance of 12 among multi-step mutations. We then assessed the degree to which He = Heq using Wilcoxon’s test with 1000 replications. RESULTS Microsatellite descriptive statistics Eight microsatellite loci were successfully amplified across individuals from 57 nests collected across C. australensis’ range (Table 1). The number of total alleles per locus (Na) ranged from three to ten (mean = 5.13 ± 0.811), and the number of effective alleles per locus (Ae) ranged from 1.26 to 2.72 (mean = 1.8 ± 0.168; Table 1). Assessing across populations, three loci were found to deviate from HWE. However, within populations no loci deviated significantly from HWE after Bonferroni correction (Supporting Information, Table S2), nor were any loci in linkage disequilibrium. Table 1. Microsatellite loci descriptions across populations Locus N Na Ae Ho He HWE P Bonferroni α Caust35 56 3.000 1.658 0.375 0.397 0.350 0.006 Caust50 57 4.000 1.261 0.158 0.207 0.099 0.007 Caust42 57 4.000 1.610 0.333 0.379 0.239 0.008 Caust43 56 10.000 2.715 0.518 0.632 0.001 0.010 Caust44 57 7.000 2.317 0.561 0.568 0.036 0.013 Caust11 55 4.000 1.517 0.164 0.341 0.000 0.017 Caust21 56 4.000 1.622 0.232 0.383 0.002 0.025 Caust29 57 5.000 1.709 0.404 0.415 0.422 0.050 Mean 56.375 5.125 1.801 0.343 0.415 < 0.0001 – SEM 0.263 0.811 0.168 0.054 0.047 – – Locus N Na Ae Ho He HWE P Bonferroni α Caust35 56 3.000 1.658 0.375 0.397 0.350 0.006 Caust50 57 4.000 1.261 0.158 0.207 0.099 0.007 Caust42 57 4.000 1.610 0.333 0.379 0.239 0.008 Caust43 56 10.000 2.715 0.518 0.632 0.001 0.010 Caust44 57 7.000 2.317 0.561 0.568 0.036 0.013 Caust11 55 4.000 1.517 0.164 0.341 0.000 0.017 Caust21 56 4.000 1.622 0.232 0.383 0.002 0.025 Caust29 57 5.000 1.709 0.404 0.415 0.422 0.050 Mean 56.375 5.125 1.801 0.343 0.415 < 0.0001 – SEM 0.263 0.811 0.168 0.054 0.047 – – Ae, number of effective alleles considering allele frequency; Bonferroni α, level of significance after Bonferroni correction for multiple comparisons; He, expected heterozygosity; Ho, observed heterozygosity; HWE P, probability of deviation from Hardy–Weinberg equilibrium; N, number of individuals; Na, number of alleles. Values significant after Bonferroni correction are indicated in bold. View Large Table 1. Microsatellite loci descriptions across populations Locus N Na Ae Ho He HWE P Bonferroni α Caust35 56 3.000 1.658 0.375 0.397 0.350 0.006 Caust50 57 4.000 1.261 0.158 0.207 0.099 0.007 Caust42 57 4.000 1.610 0.333 0.379 0.239 0.008 Caust43 56 10.000 2.715 0.518 0.632 0.001 0.010 Caust44 57 7.000 2.317 0.561 0.568 0.036 0.013 Caust11 55 4.000 1.517 0.164 0.341 0.000 0.017 Caust21 56 4.000 1.622 0.232 0.383 0.002 0.025 Caust29 57 5.000 1.709 0.404 0.415 0.422 0.050 Mean 56.375 5.125 1.801 0.343 0.415 < 0.0001 – SEM 0.263 0.811 0.168 0.054 0.047 – – Locus N Na Ae Ho He HWE P Bonferroni α Caust35 56 3.000 1.658 0.375 0.397 0.350 0.006 Caust50 57 4.000 1.261 0.158 0.207 0.099 0.007 Caust42 57 4.000 1.610 0.333 0.379 0.239 0.008 Caust43 56 10.000 2.715 0.518 0.632 0.001 0.010 Caust44 57 7.000 2.317 0.561 0.568 0.036 0.013 Caust11 55 4.000 1.517 0.164 0.341 0.000 0.017 Caust21 56 4.000 1.622 0.232 0.383 0.002 0.025 Caust29 57 5.000 1.709 0.404 0.415 0.422 0.050 Mean 56.375 5.125 1.801 0.343 0.415 < 0.0001 – SEM 0.263 0.811 0.168 0.054 0.047 – – Ae, number of effective alleles considering allele frequency; Bonferroni α, level of significance after Bonferroni correction for multiple comparisons; He, expected heterozygosity; Ho, observed heterozygosity; HWE P, probability of deviation from Hardy–Weinberg equilibrium; N, number of individuals; Na, number of alleles. Values significant after Bonferroni correction are indicated in bold. View Large Total heterozygosity, Na and Ae were highest in QLD and lowest in SA (Supporting Information, Table S2, Fig. S1). The value of Na was not statistically different between populations (Kruskal–Wallis: χ2 = 3.75, d.f. = 2, P = 0.15). Allelic diversity in SA was significantly lower than in both QLD (Kruskal–Wallis: χ2 = 9.93, d.f. = 2, P = 0.01; Conover–Iman T = 3.68, P = 0.002) and VIC (Conover–Iman T = −3.18, P = 0.007) but did not differ between QLD and VIC (Conover–Iman T = 0.493, P = 0.94). The value of Ho in SA was significantly lower than in both QLD (Kruskal–Wallis: χ2 = 10.7, d.f. = 2, P < 0.0001; Conover–Iman T = 4.17, P < 0.001) and VIC (Conover–Iman T = −2.92, P = 0.012), but did not differ between QLD and VIC (Conover–Iman T = 1.25, P = 0.34). The same pattern was observed for He (Kruskal–Wallis: χ2 = 9.93, d.f. = 2, P = 0.01; SA–QLD, Conover–Iman T = 3.68, P = 0.002; SA–VIC, Conover–Iman T = −3.18, P = 0.007; QLD–VIC, Conover–Iman T = 0.493, P = 0.94). Population structure AMOVA revealed significant population substructure between all three sampled populations (Supporting Information, Table S3). Global FST (0.237) was significant (P < 0.0001), whereas the global inbreeding coefficient (FIS = 0.016) was not significant (P = 0.36). Although not significantly different from expected, local inbreeding coefficients increased from QLD (FIS = −0.076, P = 0.85) to VIC (FIS = 0.059, P = 0.27) and was highest in SA (FIS = 0.105, P = 0.09). All pairwise FST comparisons between each population were significant (P < 0.0001), as were all pairwise Dest values (P = 0.003; Table 2). The results of STRUCTURE analyses are summarized in Fig. 2. Regardless of the test model specified, the most likely cluster count (K) was three. Individuals from SA formed a distinct cluster from QLD and VIC. The probability of shared ancestry between individuals from VIC and individuals from QLD or SA differed based on model specification. Calibration with population information resulted in a lower degree of admixture (α = 0.065) and higher shared ancestry between VIC and SA. Calibration without prior population information resulted in more admixture (α = 2.83) and higher shared ancestry between VIC and QLD. Figure 2. View largeDownload slide STRUCTURE output of K = 3 clusters represented by three colours (blue, QLD; purple, VIC; orange, SA) and frequency distribution: A, using a priori population information; and B, with no a priori information. Individual bands represent individual genotypes, and the proportion of colour within each band is proportional to the likelihood of belonging to each cluster. Figure 2. View largeDownload slide STRUCTURE output of K = 3 clusters represented by three colours (blue, QLD; purple, VIC; orange, SA) and frequency distribution: A, using a priori population information; and B, with no a priori information. Individual bands represent individual genotypes, and the proportion of colour within each band is proportional to the likelihood of belonging to each cluster. We found no evidence for a population bottleneck based on excess heterozygosity for any of the three populations (He > Heq; QLD, P = 0.73; VIC, P = 0.99; SA, P = 0.98). Both VIC and SA exhibited heterozygosity deficiencies (He < Heq; QLD, P = 0.32; VIC, P = 0.02; SA, P= 0.04). Furthermore, BOTTLENECK revealed a population-specific shift in allele frequencies towards the 10–20% class in SA compared with QLD and VIC, as well as a loss of intermediately occurring alleles (i.e. 40–70% frequency classes; Supporting Information, Fig. S2). South Australia also showed a relative increase in the number of common alleles (i.e. 70–100% frequency classes). DISCUSSION Population genetics and marker comparisons Our detection of a significant decrease in genetic diversity in SA corroborates previously determined mitochondrial homogeneity for this population (Dew et al., 2016). Pairwise FST values are often much higher when calculated using mitochondrial marker data compared with microsatellite data (Carlsson et al., 2004; Goropashnaya et al., 2007) owing to both the high variability of microsatellites and the lower effective population size of mtDNA (Jorde et al., 1998). It is thus not unexpected that the FST values we determined through targeting microsatellite loci were lower than those secured using mtDNA (Dew et al., 2016; Table 2). Table 2. Pairwise FST and Dest values among studied populations mtDNA FST MSAT FST MSAT Dest QLD–SA 0.43 0.33 0.26 QLD–VIC 0.36 0.13 0.15 VIC–SA 0.59 0.18 0.10 mtDNA FST MSAT FST MSAT Dest QLD–SA 0.43 0.33 0.26 QLD–VIC 0.36 0.13 0.15 VIC–SA 0.59 0.18 0.10 Genetic fixation (FST) values from a previous study using mitochondrial CO1 variation and from the present study, with genetic differentiation (Dest) values from the present study. All FST values are significant at P < 0.0001, and Dest values are significant at P = 0.003. n mtDNA = (QLD, 30; VIC, 42; SA, 19); n MSAT = (QLD, 15; VIC, 11; SA, 31). The FST values measure fixation, whereas Dest values measure differentiation (Jost, 2008). Microsatellite and mtDNA fixation are both greater between VIC and SA compared with QLD and VIC; however, microsatellite fixation is greatest between QLD and SA, whereas mtDNA fixation is greatest between VIC and SA. Microsatellite differentiation is greatest between QLD and SA and lowest between VIC and SA. The contrast between FST and Dest demonstrates that although VIC and SA are characterized by varying levels of heterozygosity, these two populations share a high proportion of similar alleles. View Large Table 2. Pairwise FST and Dest values among studied populations mtDNA FST MSAT FST MSAT Dest QLD–SA 0.43 0.33 0.26 QLD–VIC 0.36 0.13 0.15 VIC–SA 0.59 0.18 0.10 mtDNA FST MSAT FST MSAT Dest QLD–SA 0.43 0.33 0.26 QLD–VIC 0.36 0.13 0.15 VIC–SA 0.59 0.18 0.10 Genetic fixation (FST) values from a previous study using mitochondrial CO1 variation and from the present study, with genetic differentiation (Dest) values from the present study. All FST values are significant at P < 0.0001, and Dest values are significant at P = 0.003. n mtDNA = (QLD, 30; VIC, 42; SA, 19); n MSAT = (QLD, 15; VIC, 11; SA, 31). The FST values measure fixation, whereas Dest values measure differentiation (Jost, 2008). Microsatellite and mtDNA fixation are both greater between VIC and SA compared with QLD and VIC; however, microsatellite fixation is greatest between QLD and SA, whereas mtDNA fixation is greatest between VIC and SA. Microsatellite differentiation is greatest between QLD and SA and lowest between VIC and SA. The contrast between FST and Dest demonstrates that although VIC and SA are characterized by varying levels of heterozygosity, these two populations share a high proportion of similar alleles. View Large There was a greater degree of fixation between SA and VIC compared with QLD and VIC using both mtDNA and nucDNA (Table 2). It is likely that recent and relatively isolated founding of SA has led to increased genetic differences between this population relative to range-wide diversity. Microsatellite FST values mirrored mtDNA FST except for greater fixation of mitochondrial sequences between VIC and SA (FST = 0.59) compared with QLD and SA (FST = 0.43). If females were the primary dispersing sex, or dispersed at an equal rate with males, we would predict that variation in maternally inherited loci between populations (i.e. mtDNA FST) would be consistent with loci inherited from both parents (i.e. nucDNA FST), which it is not. We would also expect consistent differences between populations, regardless of marker, if the differences between nucDNA and mtDNA were attributable solely to the more extreme effects of drift acting on mtDNA (Jorde et al., 1998). In this scenario, mitochondrial alleles may not be moving between source and sink populations as quickly as are nuclear alleles. As females must begin nesting at the start of the reproductive period, their ability to disperse might be limited compared with males, which do not help in nest construction (Rehan et al., 2010). Furthermore, our results support SA as a likely range edge for C. australensis. This species is thought to have dispersed out of Asia, moved south and east along Australia’s coast, and then headed south and west through VIC to SA (Dew et al., 2016). Ongoing migration into SA is probably very limited; although no bottleneck was detected there (Supporting Information, Fig. S2) genetic diversity remains very low compared with the other populations (Supporting Information, Fig. S1). Genetic differentiation (Dest) values were lowest between VIC and SA, demonstrating that these populations have a similar allelic make-up despite the severe genetic homogeneity of SA. Although habitat fragmentation has probably restricted migration into both VIC and SA, the allelic diversity of VIC suggests that this population has been in place long enough to accumulate rare alleles, whereas the population in SA has not. It is unlikely that our SA population is restricted to the coastal dunes where they were collected, because historically C. australensis have been collected farther inland around Adelaide (South Australia Museum). There is a chance that our results might be attributable to sampling bias if C. australensis tend to nest in aggregations and the coastal dunes represent one such large aggregation of philopatric females. Additional sampling around the Adelaide area could help to address this uncertainty. Ecology and dispersal history By 1987, an estimated 95% of the native vegetation within the MDRB had been replaced with crop and non-native plant species (Sivertsen & Metcalfe, 1995). Current estimates suggest that ~69% of the MDRB area remains devoted to grazing pasture land (ABS/ABARE/BRS, 2009). When Michener (1962) collected 52 C. australensis nests from Queensland, New South Wales and the island of Guinea, he found only one nest within a native plant species. He subsequently hypothesized that the introduction of non-native plants had helped to facilitate expansion of C. australensis into Australia. Accordingly, C. australensis are now frequently found nesting in giant fennel (F. communis) surrounding Warwick in QLD (Rehan et al., 2010, 2011) and in European searocket (C. maritima) in SA (Dew et al., 2018). Ferula communis is a non-native species originally from the Mediterranean and Africa, and C. maritima is a native of Europe and the Mediterranean. Cakile maritima, which was first recorded in Western Australia in 1897, spread to SA by 1918 (Cody & Cody, 2004) and is now a part of the climax community of the dunes there (Lock & Cordingley, 2008). Non-native plant materials have also been implicated in the spread of Ceratina invasions into Hawaii (Shell & Rehan, 2017), and congeners in North America nest in plants associated with habitat edges and agriculture (Rehan & Richards, 2010). The results of our population structural analyses suggest that the MDRB could explain the current distribution of C. australensis from northern Queensland (Michener, 1962) south and west to Adelaide, SA (Dew et al., 2016; Fig. 1). Specifically, the MDRB might act as a natural migration corridor through the more arid regions of inland Australia. Our STRUCTURE results and Dest values support this theory by indicating that bees are dispersing from VIC into SA. Although it is possible that C. australensis might be migrating along the coast of south-eastern Australia into SA, there are no published records of populations or individuals south of the MDRB. A thorough analysis of the nesting preference of C. australensis for native vs. non-native plants could better inform our understanding of the dispersal requirements for this species. Future investigations could also strive to detect and sample additional populations along and outside of the MDRB to test our river-facilitated dispersal hypothesis. SUPPORTING INFORMATION Additional Supporting Information may be found in the online version of this article at the publisher's web-site: Figure S1. Microsatellite summary characteristics averaged across loci for each population. Characteristics were compared using the Conover–Iman test for multiple comparisons. Ae, number of effective alleles considering allele frequency; He, expected heterozygosity; Ho, observed heterozygosity; Na, number of alleles. Asterisks denote comparisons between SA only, as no significance was detected between QLD and VIC. *P < 0.05, **P < 0.01, ***P < 0.001. Figure S2. Allele distribution histograms for each population. Bottlenecks are detectable if the frequency of rare alleles (0–0.1) is less than the frequency of alleles occurring at a higher frequency (> 0.1). Table S1. Primer sequences and locus characteristics of Ceratina australensis microsatellite loci. Ta, primer-specific annealing temperature (in degrees Celsius). Table S2. Summary characteristics of microsatellite markers averaged across loci. Ae, number of effective alleles considering allele frequency; Bonferroni α, level of significance after Bonferroni correction for multiple comparisons, with significant deviations from HWE after correction in bold; He, expected heterozygosity; Ho, observed heterozygosity; HWE P, probability of deviation from Hardy–Weinberg equilibrium; N, number of individuals; Na, number of alleles. χ2 test statistics are reported for each characteristic. d.f. = 2 for all comparisons. Table S3. Results of AMOVA comparing allelic frequencies among 57 non-related females from the three populations of Ceratina australensis. 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