Macropis europaea 

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia Arthropoda Insecta Hymenoptera Melittidae

Scientific Name: Macropis europaea Warncke, 1973

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Least Concern ver 3.1
Year Published: 2012
Date Assessed: 2012-03-14
Assessor(s): Michez, D. & Nieto, A.
Reviewer(s): Roberts, S & Bilz, M.

Global and European regional assessment: Least Concern (LC)
EU 27 regional assessment: Least Concern (LC)

Listed as Least Concern in view of its wide distribution, presumed large overall population, and because it is unlikely to be declining fast enough to qualify for listing in a more threatened category. However, this species' habitat is declining.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description:Macropis europaea is present in Europe from the United Kingdom to the Moscow region of Russia, and from Finland southwards to Italy (Warncke 1973, Michez and Patiny 2005, Bassin et al. 2011). The extent of occurrence (EOO) is 7,916,269 km² and the area of occupancy (AOO) is 2,004 km².
Countries occurrence:
Andorra; Austria; Belarus; Belgium; Bosnia and Herzegovina; Bulgaria; Croatia; Czech Republic; Denmark; Estonia; Finland; France (Corsica, France (mainland)); Germany; Hungary; Italy (Italy (mainland)); Latvia; Lithuania; Luxembourg; Macedonia, the former Yugoslav Republic of; Netherlands; Norway; Poland; Portugal (Portugal (mainland)); Romania; Russian Federation (Central European Russia, European Russia, North European Russia, Northwest European Russia, South European Russia); Serbia (Kosovo, Serbia); Slovakia; Slovenia; Spain (Spain (mainland)); Sweden; Switzerland; Ukraine (Ukraine (main part)); United Kingdom (Great Britain)
Additional data:
Estimated area of occupancy (AOO) - km2:2004
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Population [top]


There is no information available on the population abundance of this species. However its habitat appears to be declining throughout its range.


Current Population Trend:Decreasing
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Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology:Macropis europaea lives in many different habitats with temperate vegetation, including grasslands, shrublands and wetlands. Females collect pollen exclusively on the genus Lysimachia (Myrsinaceae) (Pekkarinen et al. 2003, Celary 2005). Species of this plant genus need freshwater habitats, e.g. banks of rivers. Suitable areas are declining in many countries of Europe.
Continuing decline in area, extent and/or quality of habitat:Yes

Use and Trade [top]

Use and Trade: This species is not utilized.

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): The main threat to this species is the decline of the host-plant habitat (Lysimachia spp.) due to land use change.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: Macropis europaea is considered as Vulnerable in the United Kingdom (Shirt 1987). There appear to be no direct conservation measures in place. The species occurs in protected areas. Further studies are needed into the abundance of this species.

Citation: Michez, D. & Nieto, A. 2012. Macropis europaea. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2012: e.T13323697A13324713. . Downloaded on 19 October 2017.
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