Species

BackMelecta canariensis Lieftinck, 1958

Melecta canariensis Lieftinck, 1958

  • Kingdom: Animalia
  • Phylum: Arthropoda
  • Class: Insecta
  • Order: Coleoptera
  • Family: Apidae
DD Data Deficient
IUCN Red List Status:

Countries of Occurrence:
Spain - Canaries

Archipelago(s):
Canaries

Assessor/s:
Rasmont, P., Dehon, M. & Ortiz Sánchez, F.J.

Reviewer/s:
Nieto, A., García, M., Michez, D. & Kemp, J.R.

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Assessment Rationale:

Listed as Data Deficient in view of the lack of information on the population size and trend, habitat, ecological requirements and threats. The species has a restricted distribution with an area of occupancy (AOO) probably less than 2,000 km2, so further research is needed to assess the status of this species as it could be threatened.

Geographic Range:

This species is endemic to the Canary Islands (Spain) (Hohmann et al. 1993, Rasmont 2014). Its area of occupancy (AOO) is probably smaller than 2,000 km2.

Regions:
Spain - Canaries
Extent of Occurrence (EOO):
(km2)
Area of Occupancy (AOO):
2000 (km2)
Elevation Lower Limit:
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Elevation Upper Limit:
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Biogeographic Realms:
Paleartic
Presence:
Extant
Origin:
Endemic Canaries
Seasonality:
Resident

Population:

There is no information available for the population size and trend of this species. It is very rare, as are the rest of the Melecta species.

Habitat and Ecology

There is no information available on the habitat and ecology of this species. Melecta canariensis is known to be a kleptoparasitic species, in that it parasitises the nests of other bee species, but its host is unknown. 

Major Threat(s):

Conservation Actions

The species is not listed in any National Red Lists or Red Data Books. There are no conservation actions in place for this species, and it is unknown whether its distribution overlaps with any protected areas throughout its range. Further research should be conducted to determine the population size and trends, habitat and ecology, and threats to the species.