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

Endangered || Threatened || Special Concern || High Priority Species of Greatest Conservation Need

The Department is proposing to revise the list of endangered, threatened, and special concern species. The table below shows the current status of species and the species status assessments developed in support of the State Wildlife Action Plan in 2015. These assessments are the basis of any proposed change in status. In addition to evaluating the currently listed species, DEC is evaluating all High Priority Species of Greatest Conservation Need for potential listing.

View the Draft Species List Under the Part 182.5 Pre-proposal (PDF) or a document showing all species with current and proposed changes (PDF).

Due to the impacts of COVID-19, many projects and proposals have been postponed or canceled as priorities shift to address changing work conditions and emerging issues. There is currently no timetable for regulatory changes to be made to the list of endangered species. Public comments have been collected, and when staff become available to work on this issue again, those comments will be used to update the species status assessments and enable evaluation of those assessments against the criteria for listing identified in the regulations. We hope to begin work again on this regulatory package before the end of 2022.


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


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

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

High Priority Species of Greatest Conservation Need

Not Currently Endangered, Threatened, or Special Concern

Common Name (link to webpage) Scientific Name Species Assessment (PDF)
Molluscs Alewife Floater Anodonta implicata Alewife Floater
Black Sandshell Ligumia recta Black Sandshell
Deertoe Truncilla truncata Deertoe
Rainbow Villosa iris Rainbow
Slippershell Mussel Alasmidonta viridis Slippershell Mussel
Tidewater Mucket Leptodea ochracea Tidewater Mucket
Wabash Pigtoe Fusconaia flava Wabash Pigtoe
Bay Scallop Argopecten irradians Bay Scallop
Eastern Oyster Crassostrea virginica Eastern Oyster
Hard Clam Mercenaria mercenaria Hard Clam
Northern Riffleshell Epioblasma torulosa Northern Riffleshell
Snuffbox Epioblasma triquetra Snuffbox
Lilliput Toxolasma parvum Lilliput
Eastern Pearlshell Margaritifera margaritifera Eastern Pearlshell
Mucket Actinonaias ligamentina Mucket
Elktoe Alasmidonta marginata Elktoe
Threeridge Amblema plicata Threeridge
Yellow Lampmussel Lampsilis cariosa Yellow Lampmussel
Pocketbook Lampsilis ovata Pocketbook
Eastern Pondmussel Ligumia nasuta Eastern Pondmussel
Round Pigtoe Pleurobema sintoxia Round Pigtoe
Pink Heelsplitter Potamilus alatus Pink Heelsplitter
Kidneyshell Ptychobranchus fasciolaris Kidneyshell
Paper Pondshell Utterbackia imbecillis Paper Pondshell
Salamander Mussel Simpsonaias ambigua In progress
Insects Rusty-patched Bumble Bee Bombus affinis Rusty-patched Bumble Bee
Ashton's Cuckoo Bumble Bee Bombus ashtoni Ashton's Cuckoo Bumble Bee
Northern Amber Bumble Bee Bombus borealis Northern Amber Bumble Bee
Yellow Bumble Bee Bombus fervidus Yellow Bumble Bee
Yellow-banded Bumble Bee Bombus terricola Yellow-banded Bumble Bee
American Bumble Bee Bombus pensylvanicus American Bumble Bee
Two-spotted Lady Beetle Adalia bipunctata Two-spotted Lady Beetle
Appalachian Tiger Beetle Cicindela ancocisconensis Appalachian Tiger Beetle
Hairy-necked Tiger Beetle Cicindela hirticollis Hairy-necked Tiger Beetle
Cobblestone Tiger Beetle Cicindela marginipennis Cobblestone Tiger Beetle
Northern Barrens Tiger Beetle Cicindela patruela patruela Northern Barrens Tiger Beetle
Nine-spotted Lady Beetle Coccinella novemnotata Nine-spotted Lady Beetle
Transverse Lady Beetle Coccinella transversoguttata Transverse Lady Beetle
Three-banded Lady Beetle Coccinella trifasciata Three-banded Lady Beetle
Northern Metalmark Calephelis borealis Northern Metalmark
Northern Oak Hairstreak Satyrium favonius ontario Northern Oak Hairstreak
Tiger Spiketail Cordulegaster erronea Tiger Spiketail
Sable Clubtail Gomphus rogersi Sable Clubtail
Skillet Clubtail Gomphus ventricosus Skillet Clubtail
Green-faced Clubtail Gomphus viridifrons Green-faced Clubtail
Boreal Snaketail Ophiogomphus colubrinus Boreal Snaketail
Southern Pygmy Clubtail Lanthus vernalis Southern Pygmy Clubtail
A Notodontid Moth (Prominent Moth) Heterocampa varia A Notodontid Moth (Prominent Moth)
Fishes Atlantic Sturgeon Acipenser oxyrhynchus Atlantic Sturgeon
American Eel Anguilla rostrata American Eel
Bigeye Chub Hybopsis amblops Bigeye Chub
Bloater Coregonus hoyi Bloater
Comely Shiner Notropis amoenus Comely Shiner
Paddlefish Polyodon spathula Paddlefish
River Redhorse Moxostoma carinatum River Redhorse
Sauger Sander canadensis Sauger
Summer Sucker Catostomus utawana Summer Sucker
Swallowtail Shiner Notropis procne Swallowtail Shiner
Unknown Sucker Variant Catostomus putative c.f. utawana Unknown Sucker Variant
American Shad Alosa sapidissima American Shad
Atlantic Tomcod Microgadus tomcod Atlantic Tomcod
Fourspine Stickleback Apeltes quadracus Fourspine Stickleback
Lined Seahorse Hippocampus erectus Lined Seahorse
Northern Pipefish Syngnathus fuscus Northern Pipefish
Tautog Tautoga onitis Tautog
Threespine Stickleback Gasterosteus aculeatus Threespine Stickleback
Winter Flounder Pseudopleuronectes americanus Winter Flounder
Dusky Shark Carcharhinus obscurus Dusky Shark
Western Pirate Perch Aphredoderus sayanus gibbosus Western Pirate Perch
Porbeagle Shark Lamna nasus Porbeagle Shark
Roughtail Stingray Dasyatis centroura Roughtail Stingray
Sand Tiger Shark Carcharias taurus Sand Tiger Shark
Thorny Skate Amblyraja radiata Thorny Skate
Thresher Shark Alopias vulpinus Thresher Shark
White Shark Carcharodon carcharias White Shark
Black Bullhead Ameiurus melas Black Bullhead
Blackchin Shiner Notropis heterodon Blackchin Shiner
Lake Chub Couesius plumbeus Lake Chub
Longnose Sucker Catostomus catostomus Longnose Sucker
Amphibians Four-toed Salamander Hemidactylium scutatum Four-toed Salamander
Atlantic Coast Leopard Frog Lithobates kauffeldi Atlantic Coast leopard Frog
Reptiles Eastern Musk Turtle Sternotherus odoratus Eastern Musk Turtle
Birds American Black Duck Anas rubripes American Black Duck
American Three-toed Woodpecker Picoides dorsalis American Three-toed Woodpecker
Barn Owl Tyto alba Barn Owl
Bay-breasted Warbler Setophaga castanea Bay-breasted Warbler
Bobolink Dolichonyx oryzivorus Bobolink
Brown Thrasher Toxostoma rufum Brown Thrasher
Buff-breasted Sandpiper Tryngites subruficollis Buff-breasted Sandpiper
Canada Warbler Cardellina canadensis Canada Warbler
Cape May Warbler Setophaga tigrina Cape May Warbler
Cattle Egret Bubulcus ibis Cattle Egret
Eastern Meadowlark Sturnella magna Eastern Meadowlark
Gray Jay Perisoreus canadensis Gray Jay
Kentucky Warbler Geothlypis formosus Kentucky Warbler
Little Gull Hydrocoloeus minutus Little Gull
Northern Bobwhite Colinus virginianus Northern Bobwhite
Olive-sided Flycatcher Contopus cooperi Olive-sided Flycatcher
Prothonotary Warbler Protonotaria citrea Prothonotary Warbler
Rusty Blackbird Euphagus carolinus Rusty Blackbird
Saltmarsh Sparrow Ammodramus caudacutus Saltmarsh Sparrow
Semipalmated Sandpiper Calidris pusilla Semipalmated Sandpiper
Short-billed Dowitcher Limnodromus griseus Short-billed Dowitcher
Whimbrel Numenius phaeopus Whimbrel
Mammals Little Brown Myotis (Little Brown Bat) Myotis lucifugus Little Brown Myotis (Little Brown Bat)
Tricolored Bat (Eastern Pipistrelle) Perimyotis subflavus Tricolored Bat (Eastern Pipistrelle)

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.
Effective May 4, 2015 - Northern Long-eared Bat (Myotis septentrionalis) was added to the Threatened list.