The Minister of the Environment Response to Species at Risk Assessments Submitted by COSEWIC on 13 October 2016  

Table 1: Terrestrial species assessed by COSEWIC eligible for addition to Schedule 1 or reclassification (24 species)
TaxonSpeciesScientific NameRangeCurrent Schedule 1 statusProposed Schedule 1 statusAmendment outcomeConsutlation Path
Vascular PlantsBaikal SedgeCarex sabulosaYTThreatenedSpecial ConcernReclassify the species in a lower risk categoryNormal
Vascular PlantsBear’s-foot SanicleSanicula arctopoidesBCEndangeredThreatenedReclassify the species in a lower risk categoryNormal
MolluscsBlue-grey TaildropperProphysaon coeruleumBCEndangeredThreatenedReclassify the species in a lower risk categoryNormal
Vascular PlantsColicrootAletris farinosaONThreatenedEndangeredReclassify the species in a higher risk categoryNormal
Vascular PlantsCommon HoptreePtelea trifoliataONThreatenedSpecial ConcernReclassify the species in a lower risk categoryNormal
LichensFlooded JellyskinLeptogium rivulareMB ON QCThreatenedSpecial ConcernReclassify the species in a lower risk categoryNormal
ArthropodsHoptree BorerPrays atomocellaONNot listedEndangeredAdd the species to Schedule 1Normal
ReptilesLake Erie WatersnakeNerodia sipedon insularumONEndangeredSpecial ConcernReclassify the species in a lower risk categoryNormal
ArthropodsLake Huron GrasshopperTrimerotropis huronianaONNot listedThreatenedAdd the species to Schedule 1Normal
BirdsLouisiana WaterthrushParkesia motacillaON QCSpecial ConcernThreatenedReclassify the species in a higher risk categoryNormal
BirdsMcCown’s LongspurRhynchophanes mccowniiAB SKSpecial ConcernThreatenedReclassify the species in a higher risk categoryNormal
LichensMountain Crab-eyeAcroscyphus sphaerophoroidesBCNot listedSpecial ConcernAdd the species to Schedule 1Normal
ArthropodsNine-spotted Lady BeetleCoccinella novemnotataBC AB SK MB ON QCNot listedEndangeredAdd the species to Schedule 1Extended
ArthropodsNuttall’s Sheep MothHemileuca nuttalliiBCNot listedEndangeredAdd the species to Schedule 1Extended
MammalsPeary CaribouRangifer tarandus pearyiNT NUEndangeredThreatenedReclassify the species in a lower risk categoryExtended
MossesPygmy Pocket MossFissidens exilisBC ON QC NSSpecial ConcernNot at RiskRemove from SARA Schedule 1Normal
MolluscsPygmy SlugKootenaia burkeiBCNot listedSpecial ConcernAdd the species to Schedule 1Normal
BirdsRed Crossbill percna subspeciesLoxia curvirostra percnaQC NLEndangeredThreatenedReclassify the species in a lower risk categoryNormal
MolluscsSheathed SlugZacoleus idahoensisBCNot listedSpecial ConcernAdd the species to Schedule 1Normal
ReptilesSpiny SoftshellApalone spiniferaON QCThreatenedEndangeredReclassify the species in a higher risk categoryNormal
AmphibiansUnisexual Ambystoma (Jefferson Salamander dependent population)Ambystoma laterale - (2) jeffersonianumONNot listedEndangeredAdd the species to Schedule 1Normal
AmphibiansUnisexual Ambystoma (Small-mouthed Salamander dependent population)Ambystoma laterale - texanumONNot listedEndangeredAdd the species to Schedule 1Normal
ReptilesWestern Yellow-bellied RacerColuber constrictor mormonBCSpecial ConcernThreatenedReclassify the species in a higher risk categoryExtended
LichensWrinkled Shingle LichenPannaria luridaNB PE NS NLNot listedThreatenedAdd the species to Schedule 1Normal

   

Table 2: Terrestrial species reassessed by COSEWIC (5 species; status confirmations – no consultations)
TaxonSpeciesScientific NameRangeCurrent Schedule 1 statusProposed Schedule 1 statusAmendment outcomeConsutlation Path
ArthropodsEastern Persius DuskywingErynnis persius persiusONEndangeredEndangeredCurrent status on Schedule 1 is maintainedNone; status confirmation
ReptilesEastern Yellow-bellied RacerColuber constrictor flaviventrisAB SKThreatenedThreatenedCurrent status on Schedule 1 is maintainedNone; status confirmation
MammalsGray FoxUrocyon cinereoargenteusONThreatenedThreatenedCurrent status on Schedule 1 is maintainedNone; status confirmation
ReptilesNorthern Rubber BoaCharina bottaeBCSpecial ConcernSpecial ConcernCurrent status on Schedule 1 is maintainedNone; status confirmation
MammalsPacific Water ShrewSorex bendiriiBCEndangeredEndangeredCurrent status on Schedule 1 is maintainedNone; status confirmation

 

Table 3: Aquatic species assessed by COSEWIC eligible for addition to Schedule 1 or reclassification (8 species)
TaxonSpeciesScientific NameRangeCurrent Schedule 1 statusProposed Schedule 1 statusAmendment outcomeConsutlation Path
Fishes (freshwater)Little Quarry Lake Limnetic Threespine SticklebackGasterosteus aculeatusBCNot listedThreatenedAdd the species to Schedule 1Extended
Fishes (freshwater)Little Quarry Lake Benthic Threespine SticklebackGasterosteus aculeatusBCNot listedThreatenedAdd the species to Schedule 1Extended
Fishes (freshwater)Northern Sunfish (Great Lakes - Upper St. Lawrence populations)Lepomis peltastesON QCNot listedSpecial ConcernAdd the species to Schedule 1Normal
MolluscsRainbowVillosa irisONEndangeredSpecial ConcernReclassify the species in a lower risk category
Normal
Fishes (freshwater)River Darter (Great Lakes - Upper St. Lawrence populations)Percina shumardiONNot listedEndangeredAdd the species to Schedule 1Extended
MolluscsShortface LanxFisherola nuttalliiBCNot listedEndangeredAdd the species to Schedule 1Extended
Fishes (marine)Sockeye Salmon (Sakinaw population)Oncorhynchus nerkaBCNot listedEndangeredAdd the species to Schedule 1Extended
Fishes (freshwater)Spotted GarLepisosteus oculatusONThreatenedEndangeredReclassify the species in a higher risk categoryNormal

   

Table 4. Aquatic species on Schedule 1 that have been reassessed by COSEWIC at the same status (2 species, status confirmations – no consultations)
TaxonSpeciesScientific NameRangeCurrent Schedule 1 statusProposed Schedule 1 statusAmendment outcomeConsutlation Path
Mammals (marine)Harbour Porpoise (Pacific Ocean population)Phocoena phocoena vomerinaBCSpecial ConcernSpecial ConcernCurrent status on Schedule 1 is maintainedNone; status confirmation
Fishes (freshwater)River RedhorseMoxostoma carinatumON QCSpecial ConcernSpecial ConcernCurrent status on Schedule 1 is maintainedNone; status confirmation