Hoplitis albiscopa 

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia Arthropoda Insecta Hymenoptera Megachilidae

Scientific Name: Hoplitis albiscopa (Friese, 1899)

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Data Deficient (Regional assessment) ver 3.1
Year Published: 2014
Date Assessed: 2013-06-13
Assessor(s): Lhomme, P.
Reviewer(s): Michez, D., Kemp, J.R. & Nieto, A.
European regional assessment: Data Deficient (DD)

EU 27 regional assessment: Data Deficient (DD)

Listed as Data Deficient as there is little or no information available on the population size, trends and threats to the species. Research should be conducted in order to determine the status of this species. 

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description:In Europe, Hoplitis albiscopa is only known from Spain and Portugal. This species is also known from northern Africa (Müller 2013).
Countries occurrence:
Portugal (Portugal (mainland)); Spain (Spain (mainland))
Additional data:
Range Map:21140079-1

Population [top]


The population size and trends of this species are not known.

Current Population Trend:Unknown
Additional data:

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology:This species possibly occurs in Mediterranean-type shrublands, although the habitat has not been described. The only nest of Hoplitis albiscopa found so far was in a three cm long and vertical burrow in the ground, which was either excavated by the female bee herself or by an aculeate wasp. It contained three linearly arranged cells. The cells were entirely constructed from several layers of pink and blue petal pieces. The partitions between adjacent cells were made of a thin wall of mud (C. Sedivy, C. Praz and A. Müller pers. obs. 2014). This species is polylectic, in that it prefers to forage upon a wide range of flowering plants species, with a preference for Asteraceae (Cichorioideae, Carduoideae, Asteroideae), Convolvulaceae, Papaveraceae, Ranunculaceae, Brassicaceae and Linaceae (unpublished data A. Müller pers. comm. 2014).

Use and Trade [top]

Use and Trade: There is no current exploitation that could represent a threat to the species as a whole.

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): The threats to this species are not known.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions:

The species is not listed in any National Red Lists or Red Data Books. It is unknown whether it occurs within any protected areas. Further research should be conducted to determine the population size, trends and threats to the species.

Citation: Lhomme, P. 2014. Hoplitis albiscopa. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2014: e.T21140079A21140093. . Downloaded on 14 August 2018.
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