Species (including subspecies, varieties and populations) and ecological communities 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 native species or ecological communities that have, or are candidates
for, Extirpated, Endangered, or Threatened status in British Columbia.
Extirpated species no longer exist in the wild in British Columbia,
but do occur elsewhere. Endangered species and ecological communities are facing imminent extirpation
or extinction. Threatened species and ecological communities are likely to become endangered if
limiting factors are not reversed. Not all Red-listed species or ecological communities will
necessarily become formally designated. Placing species or ecological communities on these lists
flags them as being at risk and requiring investigation.
Includes any native species or ecological community considered to be of
Special Concern (formerly Vulnerable) in British Columbia. Species or ecological communities
of Special Concern have characteristics that make them particularly
sensitive or vulnerable to human activities or natural events. Blue-listed
species or ecological communities are at risk, but are not Extirpated, Endangered or Threatened.
species or ecological communities 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 ecological communities 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 and ecological communities where more inventory and/or data gathering is needed.
No Status: Includes species and ecological communities 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 therefore not assigned to a list.
Conservation Status & B.C. List
|SX, SH, S1, S1?, S1S2, S1S3, S2, S2?
||S2S3, S2S4, S3, S3?, S3S4, S3S5
||S4, S4?, S4S5, S5
||SX, SH, S1, S1?, S1S2, S1S3, S2, S2?
||S2S3, S2S4, S3, S3?
||S3S4, S3S5, S4, S4S5, S5