COSEWIC summary of assessment results to date, April 2018

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 2018 1 : status according to taxonomic group
Status Mammals Birds Reptiles Amphibians Fishes Arthropods Molluscs Vascular plants Mosses Lichens Total
Extinct 4 3 0 0 9 0 1 0 1 0 18
Extirpated 2 2 5 1 2 4 2 3 1 0 22
Endangered 30 31 18 13 68 43 20 102 7 6 338
Threatened 17 29 10 5 50 8 5 49 4 6 183
Special concern 30 26 15 9 59 14 13 47 5 10 228
Total 83 91 48 28 188 69 41 201 18 22 789
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 44 8
Birds 37 2
Reptiles 5 0
Amphibians 15 1
Fishes 64 30
Arthropods 2 4
Molluscs 3 5
Vascular plants 23 5
Mosses 3 1
Lichens 1 3
Total 197 59

Meeting date: April 27, 2018


(1) There are now 771 wildlife species in the Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada (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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