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List of Endangered, Threatened and Special Concern Fish & Wildlife Species of New York State


Those endangered species which meet one or both of the criteria specified in section 182.2(g) of 6NYCRR Part 182 and which are found, have been found, or may be expected to be found in New York State include:

Common Name Scientific Name
Molluscs 1Dwarf Wedgemussel Alasmidonta heterodon
1Pink mucket Lampsilis abrupta
1Clubshell Pleurobema clava
1Fat pocketbook Potamilus capax
Rayed Bean Villosa fabalis
2Chittenango Ovate Amber Snail Novisuccinea chittenangoensis
Insects Tomah Mayfly Siphlonisca aerodromia
1,3American Burying Beetle Nicrophorus americanus
Hessel's Hairstreak Callophrys hesseli
1Karner Blue Butterfly Lycaeides melissa samuelis
Regal Fritillary Speyeria idalia
Persius Duskywing Erynnis persius
Grizzled Skipper Pyrgus centaureae wyandot
Arogos Skipper Atrytone arogos arogos
Bog Buckmoth Hemileuca species 1
Pine Pinion Moth Lithophane lepida lepida
Fishes 1Shortnose Sturgeon Acipenser brevirostrum
3Silver Chub Macrhybopsis storeriana
Pugnose Shiner Notropis anogenus
Round Whitefish Prosopium cylindraceum
Bluebreast Darter Etheostoma camurum
3Gilt Darter Percina evides
3Spoonhead Sculpin Cottus ricei
Deepwater Sculpin Myoxocephalus thompsoni
Amphibians Tiger Salamander Ambystoma tigrinum
Northern Cricket Frog Acris crepitans
Reptiles Mud Turtle Kinosternon subrubrum
2Bog Turtle Clemmys muhlenbergii
1Atlantic Hawksbill Sea Turtle Eretmochelys imbricata
1Atlantic Ridley Sea Turtle Lepidochelys kempii
1Leatherback Sea Turtle Dermochelys coriacea
Queen Snake Regina septemvittata
Massasauga Sistrurus catenatus
Birds Spruce Grouse Falcipennis canadensis
3Golden Eagle Aquila chrysaetos
Peregrine Falcon Falco peregrinus
Black Rail Laterallus jamaicensis
1,2,4Piping Plover Charadrius melodus
1,3Eskimo Curlew Numenius borealis
1Roseate Tern Sterna dougallii dougallii
Black Tern Chlidonias niger
Short-eared Owl Asio flammeus
Loggerhead Shrike Lanius ludovicianus
Mammals 1Indiana Bat Myotis sodalis
3Allegheny Woodrat Neotoma magister
1Sperm Whale Physeter catodon
1Sei Whale Balaenoptera borealis
1Blue Whale Balaenoptera musculus
1Finback Whale Balaenoptera physalus
1Humpback Whale Megaptera novaeangliae
1Right Whale Eubalaena glacialis
1,3Gray Wolf Canis lupus
1,3Cougar Felis concolor


Those threatened species which meet one or both of the criteria specified in section 182.2(h) of 6NYCRR Part 182 and which are found, have been found, or may be expected to be found in New York State include:

Common Name Scientific Name
Molluscs Brook Floater Alasmidonta varicosa
Wavy-rayed Lampmussel Lampsilis fasciola
Green Floater Lasmigona subviridis
Insects Pine Barrens Bluet Enallagma recurvatum
Scarlet Bluet Enallagma pictum
Little Bluet Enallagma minisculum
2,3Northeastern Beach Tiger Beetle Cicindela dorsalis dorsalis
Frosted Elfin Callophrys irus
Fishes Lake Sturgeon Acipenser fulvescens
Mooneye Hiodon tergisus
3Lake Chubsucker Erimyzon sucetta
Gravel Chub Erimystax x-punctata
3Mud Sunfish Acantharchus pomotis
Banded Sunfish Enneacanthus obesus
Longear Sunfish Lepomis megalotis
Longhead Darter Percina macrocephala
Eastern Sand Darter Ammocrypta pellucida
Swamp Darter Etheostoma fusiforme
Spotted Darter Etheostoma maculatum
Amphibians None Listed ---
Reptiles Blanding's Turtle Emydoidea blandingii
2Green Sea Turtle Chelonia mydas
2Loggerhead Sea Turtle Caretta caretta
Fence Lizard Sceloporus undulatus
Timber Rattlesnake Crotalus horridus
Birds Pied-billed Grebe Podilymbus podiceps
Least Bittern Ixobrychus exilis
Bald Eagle Haliaeetus leucocephalus
Northern Harrier Circus cyaneus
King Rail Rallus elegans
Upland Sandpiper Bartramia longicauda
Common Tern Sterna hirundo
Least Tern Sterna antillarum
Sedge Wren Cistothorus platensis
Henslow's Sparrow Ammodramus henslowii
Mammals 2,3Canada Lynx Lynx canadensis
2Northern Long-eared Bat Myotis septentrionalis

Special Concern

The following are designated as species of special concern as defined in Section 182.2(i) of 6NYCRR Part 182. Species of special concern warrant attention and consideration but current information, collected by the department, does not justify listing these species as either endangered or threatened.

Common Name Scientific Name
Molluscs Buffalo Pebble Snail Gillia altilis
Fringed Valvata Valvata lewisi
Mossy Valvata Valvata sincera
Insects Unnamed Dragonfly Species Gomphus spec. nov.
Southern Sprite Nehalennia integricollis
Extra Striped Snaketail Ophiogomphus anomalus
Pygmy Snaketail Ophiogomphus howei
Common Sanddragon Progomphus obscurus
Gray Petaltail Tachopteryx thoreyi
Checkered White Pontia protodice
Olympia Marble Euchloe olympia
Henry's Elfin Callophrys henrici
Tawny Crescent Phyciodes batesii
Mottled Duskywing Erynnis martialis
Barrens Buckmoth Hemileuca maia
Herodias Underwing Catocala herodias gerhardi
Jair Underwing Catocala jair
A Noctuid Moth Heterocampa varia
Fishes Mountain Brook Lamprey Ichthyomyzon greeleyi
Black Redhorse Moxostoma duquesnei
Streamline Chub Erymystax dissimilis
Redfin Shiner Lythrurus umbratilis
Ironcolor Shiner Notropis chalybaeus
Amphibians Hellbender Cryptobranchus alleganiensis
Marbled Salamander Ambystoma opacum
Jefferson Salamander Ambystoma jeffersonianum
Blue-spotted Salamander Ambystoma laterale
Longtail Salamander Eurycea longicauda
Eastern Spadefoot Toad Scaphiopus holbrookii
Southern Leopard Frog Rana sphenocephala utricularius
Reptiles Spotted Turtle Clemmys guttata
Wood Turtle Clemmys insculpta
Eastern Box Turtle Terrapene carolina
Eastern Spiny Softshell Apalone spinifera
Eastern Hognose Snake Heterodon platyrhinos
Worm Snake Carphophis amoenus
Birds Common Loon Gavia immer
American Bittern Botaurus lentiginosus
Osprey Pandion haliaetus
Sharp-shinned Hawk Accipiter striatus
Cooper's Hawk Accipiter cooperii
Northern Goshawk Accipiter gentilis
Red-shouldered Hawk Buteo lineatus
Black Skimmer Rynchops niger
Common Nighthawk Chordeiles minor
Whip-poor-will Caprimulgus vociferus
Red-headed Woodpecker Melanerpes erythrocephalus
Horned Lark Eremophila alpestris
Bicknell's Thrush Catharus bicknelli
Golden-winged Warbler Vermivora chrysoptera
Cerulean Warbler Dendroica cerulea
Yellow-breasted Chat Icteria virens
Vesper Sparrow Pooecetes gramineus
Grasshopper Sparrow Ammodramus savannarum
Seaside Sparrow Ammodramus maritimus
Mammals Small-footed Bat Myotis leibii
New England Cottontail Sylvilagus transitionalis
Harbor Porpoise Phocoena phocoena

1Currently listed as "endangered" by the U. S. Department of the Interior.

2Currently listed as "threatened" by the U. S. Department of the Interior.

3Species is extirpated from New York State.

4Piping Plover is listed as federally endangered in the Great Lakes Region, and as federally threatened in the Atlantic Coastal Region.


Extinct - Species is no longer living or existing.

Extirpated - Species is not extinct, but no longer occurring in a wild state within New York, or no longer exhibiting patterns of use traditional for that species in New York (e.g. historical breeders no longer breeding here).

Endangered - Any native species in imminent danger of extirpation or extinction in New York State.

Threatened - Any native species likely to become an endangered species within the foreseeable future in New York State.

Special Concern - Any native species for which a welfare concern or risk of endangerment has been documented in New York State.


Environmental Conservation Law of New York, Section 11-0535 and 6 NYCRR (New York Code of Rules and Regulations) Part 182 - effective (last promulgated in state regulation) December 4, 1999.

Revision History

Effective April 24, 2000 - Canada Lynx (Lynx canadensis) was added to the Threatened list.
Effective August 8, 2007 - Bald Eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus) was removed from the Endangered Species List by the U. S. Department of the Interior.
A previous version of this document erroneously indicated that the Gray Wolf (Canis lupus) was federally Threatened.