COSEWIC Wildlife Species Assessments (short version), November 2018

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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 applicable 1
Status November 2018 Taxonomic group Common name (population) Previous status and date of previous assessment Range of occurrence in Canada
Extirpated Reptiles Pygmy Short-horned Lizard Extirpated April 2007 BC
Endangered Fishes Chinook Salmon (Middle Fraser, Stream, Spring population) Not applicable BC, Pacific Ocean
Endangered Fishes Chinook Salmon (Middle Fraser, Stream, Fall population) Not applicable BC, Pacific Ocean
Endangered Fishes Chinook Salmon (Lower Fraser, Stream, Summer (Upper Pitt) population) Not applicable BC, Pacific Ocean
Endangered Fishes Chinook Salmon (Upper Fraser, Stream, Spring population) Not applicable BC, Pacific Ocean
Endangered Fishes Chinook Salmon (South Thompson, Stream, Summer 1.2 population) Not applicable BC, Pacific Ocean
Endangered Fishes Chinook Salmon (North Thompson, Stream, Spring population) Not applicable BC, Pacific Ocean
Endangered Fishes Chinook Salmon (North Thompson, Stream, Summer population) Not applicable BC, Pacific Ocean
Endangered Fishes Chinook Salmon (East Vancouver Island, Stream, Spring population) Not applicable BC, Pacific Ocean
Endangered Fishes Nooksack Dace Endangered April 2007 BC
Endangered Fishes Rainbow Smelt (Lake Utopia large-bodied population) Threatened November 2008 NB
Endangered Fishes Rainbow Smelt (Lake Utopia small-bodied population) Threatened November 2008 NB
Endangered Arthropods Rapids Clubtail Endangered April 2008 ON
Endangered Vascular plants Brook Spike-primrose Endangered April 2006 BC
Endangered Vascular plants Hairy Valerian Not applicable ON
Endangered Vascular plants Ute Ladies’–tresses Not applicable BC
Threatened Reptiles Wood Turtle Threatened November 2007 ON, QC, NB, NS
Threatened Fishes Chinook Salmon (Lower Fraser, Ocean, Fall population) Not applicable BC, Pacific Ocean
Threatened Fishes Chinook Salmon (Middle Fraser, Stream, Spring (MFR+GStr) population) Not applicable BC, Pacific Ocean
Threatened Fishes Chinook Salmon (Middle Fraser, Stream, Summer population) Not applicable BC, Pacific Ocean
Threatened Fishes Chinook Salmon (Lower Fraser, Stream, Summer population) Not applicable BC, Pacific Ocean
Threatened Fishes Lake Chub (Liard Hot Springs populations) Not applicable BC
Threatened Fishes Lake Chub (Atlin Warm Springs populations) Not applicable BC
Threatened Vascular plants Black Ash Not applicable MB, ON, QC, NB, PE, NS, NL
Special concern Mammals Polar Bear Special concern April 2008 YT, NT, NU, MB, ON, QC, NL, Arctic Ocean
Special concern Reptiles Greater Short-horned Lizard Endangered April 2007 AB, SK
Special concern Fishes Chinook Salmon (Lower Fraser, Stream, Spring population) Not applicable BC, Pacific Ocean
Special concern Arthropods American Bumble Bee Not applicable ON, QC
Special concern Arthropods Pale Yellow Dune Moth Special concern November 2007 AB, SK, MB
Special concern Arthropods Pygmy Snaketail Special concern November 2008 ON, NB
Special concern Arthropods Yellow Scarab Hunter Wasp Not applicable BC
Special concern Vascular plants Yukon Draba Endangered November 2011 YT
Not at risk Fishes Chinook Salmon (South Thompson, Ocean, Summer population) Not applicable BC, Pacific Ocean
Not at risk Fishes Roughhead Grenadier Special concern April 2007 NU, NB, NS, NL, Arctic Ocean, Atlantic Ocean
Data deficient Fishes Chinook Salmon (Southern Mainland, Ocean, Summer population) Not applicable BC, Pacific Ocean
Data deficient Fishes Chinook Salmon (Southern Mainland, Stream, Summer population) Not applicable BC, Pacific Ocean

Meeting date: November 30, 2018


(1) The assessments of Cryptic Paw Lichen (Nephroma occultum), White–rimmed Shingle Lichen (Fuscopannaria leucosticta), and Cobblestone Tiger Beetle (Cicindela marginipennis) were deferred. These wildlife species will be re-considered by the Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada (COSEWIC) at a later meeting.

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