Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia Arthropoda Insecta Hymenoptera Melittidae

Scientific Name: Melitta tomentosa
Species Authority: Friese, 1900

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Data Deficient 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: Data Deficient (DD)
EU 27 regional assessment: Data Deficient (DD)

Listed as Data Deficient in view of the absence of information about the population size and trend and the threats affecting the species. However, the species has a very restricted distribution with an area of occupancy (AOO) of 24 km².

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: Melitta tomentosa shows a very narrow distribution. It is mainly recorded from the region of Istria, close to the borders of Slovenia, Italy and Croatia (Warncke 1973, Michez and Eardley 2007). The extent of occurrence (EOO) is 1,289 km² and the area of occupancy (AOO) is 24 km².
Countries occurrence:
Croatia; Italy (Italy (mainland)); Slovenia
Estimated area of occupancy (AOO) - km2: 24
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Population [top]

Population: There appears to be no information available on the population abundance of this species but the species is rare. The current population trend is unknown.
Current Population Trend: Unknown
Additional data:

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: Melitta tomentosa lives in Mediterranean-type shrubby vegetation. Females forage on pollen of Campanulaceae (Gogala 2009).
Systems: Terrestrial

Use and Trade [top]

Use and Trade: This species is not utilized.

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): The threats to this species are unknown.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: There appear to be no direct conservation measures in place, and it is not known if the species is present within any protected areas. Further studies are needed into the abundance and threats to this species.

Classifications [top]

3. Shrubland -> 3.8. Shrubland - Mediterranean-type Shrubby Vegetation
suitability: Suitable  major importance:Yes
1. Land/water protection -> 1.1. Site/area protection

In-Place Research, Monitoring and Planning
In-Place Land/Water Protection and Management
  Occur in at least one PA:Unknown
In-Place Species Management
In-Place Education
1. Research -> 1.2. Population size, distribution & trends
1. Research -> 1.5. Threats

Bibliography [top]

Gogala, A. 2009. Mediterranean bee species, newly recorded in Slovenia (Hymenoptera: Apoidea). Acta Entomologica Slovenica 17: 73-78.

IUCN. 2012. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species (ver. 2012.2). Available at: (Accessed: 17 October 2012).

Michez, D. and Eardley, C.D. 2007. Monographic revision of the bee genus Melitta Kirby, 1802 (Hymenoptera: Apoidea: Melittidae). Annales de la Société Entomologique de France (n. s.) 43(4): 379-440.

Warncke, K. 1973. Die westpaläarktischen Arten der Bienen Familie Melittidae (Hymenoptera). Polskie Pismo Entomologiczne 43: 97-126.

Citation: Michez, D. & Nieto, A. 2012. Melitta tomentosa. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2012: e.T13324630A13324781. . Downloaded on 09 October 2015.
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