Species are assigned to provincial lists
depending on their Provincial Conservation Status (see table below). The lists
Species that no longer exist. This status is only assigned if the Global Conservation Status rank is GX.
any indigenous species or subspecies that have, or are candidates
for, Extirpated, Endangered, or Threatened status in British Columbia.
Extirpated taxa no longer exist in the wild in British Columbia,
but do occur elsewhere. Endangered taxa are facing imminent extirpation
or extinction. Threatened taxa are likely to become endangered if
limiting factors are not reversed. Not all Red-listed taxa will
necessarily become formally designated. Placing taxa on these lists
flags them as being at risk and requiring investigation.
Includes any indigenous species or subspecies considered to be of
Special Concern (formerly Vulnerable) in British Columbia. Taxa
of Special Concern have characteristics that make them particularly
sensitive or vulnerable to human activities or natural events. Blue-listed
taxa are at risk, but are not Extirpated, Endangered or Threatened.
species that are apparently secure and not at risk of extinction.
Yellow-listed species may have red- or blue-listed subspecies.
Exotic: Species that have been moved
beyond their natural range as a result of human activity. Exotic
species are also known as alien species, foreign species, introduced
species, non-indigenous species and non-native species. Exotic species
are excluded from the Red, Blue and Yellow Lists as a Provincial Conservation Status Rank is not applicable (i.e. SNA)
Accidental: Species occurring infrequently
and unpredictably, outside their usual range. Accidental species
are excluded from the Red, Blue and Yellow Lists as a Provincial Conservation Status Rank is not applicable (i.e., SNA)
Unknown: Includes species or subspecies for which the Provincial Conservation Status is unknown due to extreme uncertainty (e.g., S1S4). It will also be 'Unknown' if it is uncertain whether the entity is native (Red, Blue or Yellow), introduced (Exotic) or accidental in B.C. This designation highlights species where more inventory and/or data gathering is needed.
No Status: Includes species that have not been ranked (i.e., Provincial Conservation Status Rank is SNR). No Status is also assigned to an animal when all subspecies or populations of a species are assigned to either the Red List or the Blue List. For example, there are two populations of Western Painted Turtle in B.C.; one population is on the Red List, the other is on the Blue List. The species record for Western Painted Turtle is therfore not assigned to a list.
Conservation Status & B.C. List
|SX, SH, S1, S1S2, S1S3, S2, S2?
||S2S3, S2S4, S3, S3?, S3S4, S3S5
||S4, S4?, S4S5, S5
||SX, SH, S1, S1S2, S1S3, S2, S2?
||S2S3, S2S4, S3, S3?
||S3S4, S3S5, S4, S4S5, S5