COSEWIC summary of assessment results to date, May 2021

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Summary of COSEWIC assessment results as of May 20211: status according to taxonomic group

Status Mammals Birds Reptiles Amphibians Fishes Arthropods Molluscs Vascular Plants Mosses Lichens Total
Extinct 4 3 0 0 10 0 1 0 1 0 19
Extirpated 2 2 5 1 2 4 2 3 1 0 22
Endangered 32 34 17 13 84 42 23 108 11 5 369
Threatened 16 28 10 5 59 10 7 48 4 9 196
Special Concern 30 28 17 9 58 19 13 51 5 9 239
Total 84 95 49 28 213 75 46 210 22 23 845

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 45 7
Birds 38 2
Reptiles 5 0
Amphibians 15 1
Fishes 67 33
Arthropods 2 5
Molluscs 3 5
Vascular Plants 23 5
Mosses 3 1
Lichens 1 3
Total 202 62


Meeting date: May 4, 2021

(1) There are now 826 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.

COSEWIC secretariat

Canadian Wildlife Service
Environment and Climate Change Canada
351 St. Joseph Blvd, 16th floor
Gatineau QC K1A 0H3

Email: ec.cosepac-cosewic.ec@canada.ca