COSEWIC summary of assessment results to date, April 2017

Table displays a summary of all wildlife species assessments results to date. Results are sorted by risk status and taxonomic group.

Summary of assessment results as of April 2017 1 : status according to taxonomic group
Status Mammals Birds Reptiles Amphibians Fishes Arthropods Molluscs Vascular plants Mosses Lichens Total
Extinct 4 3 0 0 7 0 1 0 1 0 16
Extirpated 2 2 5 2 2 4 2 3 1 0 23
Endangered 27 30 19 12 59 42 19 100 7 6 321
Threatened 17 32 10 6 39 8 5 47 3 5 172
Special concern 32 25 12 9 55 12 13 46 5 10 219
Total 82 92 46 29 162 66 40 196 17 21 751
Summary of Data Deficient and Not at Risk wildlife species that have been examined by COSEWIC, according to taxonomic group
Taxonomic group Not at risk Data deficient
Mammals 43 8
Birds 36 2
Reptiles 5 0
Amphibians 15 0
Fishes 55 30
Arthropods 2 4
Molluscs 3 5
Vascular plants 23 5
Mosses 3 1
Lichens 1 3
Total 186 58

(1) There are now 735 wildlife species in COSEWIC risk categories which include Extirpated, Endangered, Threatened, or Special Concern

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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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Canadian Wildlife Service
Environment and Climate Change Canada
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Gatineau QC K1A 0H3

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