Afranthidium carduele 

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia Arthropoda Insecta Hymenoptera Megachilidae

Scientific Name: Afranthidium carduele (Morawitz, 1876)
Anthidium controversum Radoszkowski, 1886
Anthidium zonulum Alfken, 1935
Taxonomic Notes:

Afranthidium carduele is a species belonging to the subgenus Mesanthidium Popov, 1950 (Michener 2007, Ornosa et al. 2008).

Afranthidium malacopygum is still defined as a subspecies of A. carduele, i.e., A. carduele malacopygum by Ornosa et al. (2008) although it has been assessed as a separate species for the purposes of the IUCN European Red List.

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Data Deficient (Regional assessment) ver 3.1
Year Published: 2014
Date Assessed: 2013-11-15
Assessor(s): Ornosa, C. & Ortiz Sánchez, F.J.
Reviewer(s): Kemp, J.R. & Michez, D.
Contributor(s): Romero, D.

European regional assessment: Data Deficient (DD)
EU 27 regional assessment: Data Deficient (DD)

Listed as Data Deficient as there is little information available on the population size and trends. Research should be conducted in order to determine the status of this species. More importantly, the taxonomy of some of its subspecies or related species (A. malacopygum, for example) could vary after the use of molecular techniques.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description:

Afranthidium carduele spreads over the eastern Mediterranean, Near East and the Caucasus. It appears in the Balkan Peninsula (Bulgaria, Macedonia and continental Greece), some Aegean Islands (Ithac, Lesbos), Turkey (Anatolia), Azerbaijan, Israel, Syria, Iran, Afghanistan, Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan (Tkalců 1975a, Warncke 1980, Ornosa et al. 2008, Ascher and Pickering 2013).

Countries occurrence:
Bulgaria; Greece (East Aegean Is., Greece (mainland)); Macedonia, the former Yugoslav Republic of
Additional data:
Range Map:19198283-1

Population [top]


There is no information available on the population trend of this species. The latest records are not recent.

Current Population Trend:Unknown
Additional data:

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology:Afranthidium carduele is known to inhabit Mediterranean-type shrubland, semi-desert, arable land and pasture land. It has a flying period from May to July. It is oligolectic on Compositeae, in that it forages upon a specific plant family, but according to Grace (2010) it has a strong preference for the Cynareae tribe.

Use and Trade [top]

Use and Trade: This species is not traded or exploited commercially.

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): Afranthidium carduele is threatened by general habitat loss due to deforestation and degradation because of human activities such as residential and commercial development for housing and tourism, and herbicide and pesticide use.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: The species is not subject to any targeted conservation action. It is unknown whether it occurs in any protected areas. Further research should be conducted to determine the wider distribution in Europe, the population size and trends, and the specific threats to the species.

Citation: Ornosa, C. & Ortiz Sánchez, F.J. 2014. Afranthidium carduele. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2014: e.T19198283A21141979. . Downloaded on 24 March 2018.
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