COSEWIC wildlife species assessments (short version), April 2018

Table displays the wildlife species assessed at the most recent meeting. Table is sorted by risk status and taxonomic group. Previous status is shown when applicable.

Wildlife species are sorted according to current status and then by taxonomic group. Previous status is shown when applicable1
Status April 2018 Taxonomic group Common name (population) Previous status and date of previous assessment Range of occurrence in Canada
Extinct Fishes Lake Whitefish (Como Lake small-bodied population) Not applicable ON
Extinct Fishes Lake Whitefish (Como Lake large-bodied population) Not applicable ON
Endangered Mammals Harbour Seal Lacs des Loups Marins subspecies Endangered November 2007 QC
Endangered Birds Coastal Vesper Sparrow Endangered April 2006 BC
Endangered Birds Red-headed Woodpecker Threatened April 2007 SK, MB, ON, QC
Endangered Birds Streaked Horned Lark Endangered November 2003 BC
Endangered Reptiles Gray Ratsnake (Carolinian population) Endangered April 2007 ON
Endangered Amphibians Allegheny Mountain Dusky Salamander (Appalachian population) Threatened April 2007 QC
Endangered Amphibians Allegheny Mountain Dusky Salamander (Carolinian population) Endangered April 2007 ON
Endangered Fishes Basking Shark (Pacific population) Endangered April 2007 BC, Pacific Ocean
Endangered Fishes Carmine Shiner Threatened April 2006 MB
Endangered Arthropods False-foxglove Sun Moth Not applicable ON
Endangered Molluscs Banff Springs Snail Endangered April 2008 AB
Endangered Molluscs Striped Whitelip Not applicable ON
Endangered Vascular plants Downy Yellow False Foxglove Not applicable ON
Endangered Vascular plants Tall Bugbane Endangered May 2001 BC
Endangered Vascular plants Tall Woolly-heads Endangered May 2001 BC
Endangered Mosses Acuteleaf Small Limestone Moss Endangered November 2017 BC
Threatened Birds Chimney Swift Threatened April 2007 SK, MB, ON, QC, NB, NS
Threatened Reptiles Gray Ratsnake (Great Lakes / St. Lawrence population) Threatened April 2007 ON
Threatened Fishes European Whitefish (Squanga Lake small-bodied population) Not applicable YT
Threatened Fishes European Whitefish (Little Teslin Lake small-bodied population) Not applicable YT
Threatened Fishes European Whitefish (Dezadeash Lake small-bodied population) Not applicable YT
Threatened Fishes European Whitefish (Dezadeash Lake large-bodied population) Not applicable YT
Threatened Fishes Lake Whitefish (Opeongo Lake small-bodied population) Not applicable ON
Threatened Fishes Lake Whitefish (Opeongo Lake large-bodied population) Not applicable ON
Threatened Fishes Lake Whitefish (Little Teslin Lake large-bodied population) Not applicable YT
Threatened Fishes Lake Whitefish (Squanga Lake large-bodied population) Not applicable YT
Threatened Vascular plants Fern-leaved Yellow False Foxglove Not applicable ON
Threatened Vascular plants Smooth Yellow False Foxglove Not applicable ON
Threatened Lichens Smoker’s Lung Lichen Not applicable BC
Special concern Birds Common Nighthawk Threatened April 2007 YT, NT, NU, BC, AB, SK, MB, ON, QC, NB, PE, NS, NL
Special concern Birds Olive-sided Flycatcher Threatened November 2007 YT, NT, NU, BC, AB, SK, MB, ON, QC, NB, PE, NS, NL
Special concern Reptiles Eastern Painted Turtle Not applicable QC, NB, NS
Special concern Reptiles Midland Painted Turtle Not applicable ON, QC
Special concern Arthropods Red-tailed Leafhopper (Prairie population) Not applicable MB
Special concern Vascular plants Athabasca Thrift Special concern May 2002 SK
Special concern Vascular plants Blanket-leaved Willow Special concern May 2000 SK
Special concern Vascular plants Floccose Tansy Special concern May 2000 AB, SK
Special concern Vascular plants Large-headed Woolly Yarrow Special concern May 2000 SK
Special concern Vascular plants Mackenzie Hairgrass Special concern November 2001 NT, SK
Special concern Vascular plants Sand-dune Short-capsuled Willow Special concern May 2000 SK
Special concern Vascular plants Turnor's Willow Special concern May 2000 SK
Data deficient Amphibians Spring Salamander (Carolinian population) Extirpated May 2011 ON

Meeting date: April 27, 2018


(1) The review of classification of the Hotwater Physa (Physella wrighti) was completed. The Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada (COSEWIC) decided that a fully updated status report is required to assess the status of this wildlife species.

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The Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada (COSEWIC) is an independent advisory panel to the Minister of Environment and Climate Change Canada that meets twice a year to assess the status of wildlife species at risk of extinction. Members are wildlife biology experts from academia, government, non-governmental organizations and the private sector responsible for designating wildlife species in danger of disappearing from Canada.


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