COSEWIC summary of assessment results to date, November 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 November 20171: 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 30 30 18 12 65 42 19 101 6 6 329
Threatened 17 32 10 6 43 8 5 47 4 5 177
Special concern 30 24 13 9 60 13 13 47 5 10 224
Total 83 91 46 29 177 67 40 198 17 21 769
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 0
Fishes 64 30
Arthropods 2 4
Molluscs 3 5
Vascular plants 23 5
Mosses 3 1
Lichens 1 3
Total 197 58

Meeting date: December 1, 2017


(1) There are now 753 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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