Species At Risk

Photo Gallery


Image Common Name Scientific Name Status Photo Credit
Fowler's Toad Fowler's Toad Anaxyrus fowleri endangered Scott Gillingwater
Allegheny Mountain Dusky Salamander Allegheny Mountain Dusky Salamander Desmognathus ochrophaeus endangered Rob Tervo
Northern Cricket Frog Blanchard’s Cricket Frog Acris blanchardi extirpated Michael Oldham, NHIC Archives
Eastern Tiger Salamander Eastern Tiger Salamander Ambystoma tigrinum extirpated Steve Reilly, Ohio University
Jefferson Salamander Jefferson Salamander Ambystoma jeffersonianum endangered Leo Kenney, Vernal Pool Association
Northern Dusky Salamander Northern Dusky Salamander Desmognathus fuscus endangered Rob Tervo
Spring Salamander Spring Salamander Gyrinophilus porphyriticus extirpated Rob Tervo


Image Common Name Scientific Name Status Photo Credit
Acadian Flycatcher Acadian Flycatcher Empidonax virescens endangered © www.briansmallphoto.com
American White Pelican American White Pelican Pelecanus erythrorhynchos threatened JD Taylor
Bald Eagle Bald Eagle Haliaeetus leucocephalus special concern iStockPhoto.com


Image Common Name Scientific Name Status Photo Credit
American Eel American Eel Anguilla rostrata endangered Joseph R. Tomelleri
Channel Darter Channel Darter Percina copelandi threatened George Coker
Lake Sturgeon Lake Sturgeon Acipenser fulvescens special concern (Southern Hudson Bay/James Bay population), threatened (Northwestern Ontario and Great Lakes-Upper St. Lawrence River populations) US F and W Service
Northern Brook Lamprey Northern Brook Lamprey Ichthyomyzon fossor special concern University of Michigan Museum of Zoology, Fish Specimen Image Collection
Northern Madtom Northern Madtom Noturus stigmosus endangered Joseph R. Tomelleri
Redside Dace Redside Dace Clinostomus elongatus endangered W.N. Roston, AFS Fish Slide Catalog
Silver Shiner Silver Shiner Notropis photogenis special concern Joseph R. Tomelleri


Image Common Name Scientific Name Status Photo Credit
Aweme Borer Moth Aweme Borer Moth Papaiepema aweme endangered Jocelyn Gill
Bogbean Buckmoth Bogbean Buckmoth Hemileuca sp. 1 endangered Don Cuddy
Frosted Elfin Frosted Elfin Callophrys irus extirpated JD Taylor
Karner Blue Karner Blue Lycaeides melissa samuelis extirpated Brenda Kulon
Laura's Clubtail Laura's Clubtail Stylurus laurae endangered Lois Stacey
Monarch Monarch Danaus plexippus special concern Rick Stankiewicz
Northern Barrens Tiger Beetle Northern Barrens Tiger Beetle Cicindela patruela endangered Michael Runtz
Rapids Clubtail Rapids Clubtail Gomphus quadricolor endangered Glenn Corbiere
Rusty-patched Bumble Bee Rusty-patched Bumble Bee Bombus affinis endangered Johanna James-Heinz
West Virginia White West Virginia White Pieris virginiensis special concern Marty Silver


Image Common Name Scientific Name Status Photo Credit
American Badger American Badger Taxidea taxus endangered JD Taylor
Beluga Beluga Delphinaptris leucas special concern iStockPhoto.com
Eastern Mole Eastern Mole Scalopus aquaticus special concern Tim Gibb, Purdue University
Eastern Wolf Eastern Wolf Canis lupus lycaon special concern JD Taylor
Grey Fox Grey Fox Urocyon cinereoargenteus threatened JD Taylor
Montain Lion (Cougar) Montain Lion (Cougar) Puma concolor endangered JD Taylor
Polar Bear Polar Bear Ursus maritimus threatened Martyn Obbard
Wolverine Wolverine Gulo gulo threatened iStockPhoto.com
Woodland Caribou Woodland Caribou Woodland Caribou Forest-dwelling boreal population Gerry Racey
Woodland Vole Woodland Vole Microtis pinetorum special concern US Army Corps of Engineers


Image Common Name Scientific Name Status Photo Credit
American Chestnut American Chestnut Castanea dentata endangered JD Taylor
American Columbo American Columbo Frasera caroliniensis endangered Thomas G. Barnes, USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database
American Ginseng American Ginseng American Ginseng endangered Rob Tervo

Snakes - Lizards

Image Common Name Scientific Name Status Photo Credit
Blue Racer Blue Racer Coluber constrictor foxii endangered Michael Oldham, NHIC Archives
Butler's Gartersnake Butler's Gartersnake Thamnophis butleri endangered Allen Woodliffe
Eastern Foxsnake Eastern Foxsnake Pantherophis gloydi endangered Scott Gillingwater
Eastern Hog-nosed Snake Eastern Hog-nosed Snake Heterodon platirhinos threatened Allen Woodliffe
Eastern Ribbonsnake Eastern Ribbonsnake Thamnophis sauritus special concern Rob Tervo
Gray Ratsnake Gray Ratsnake Pantherophis spiloides endangered (Carolinian population), threatened (Frontenac Axis population) Rob Tervo
Lake Erie Watersnake Lake Erie Watersnake Nerodia sipedon insularum endangered Allen Woodliffe
Massasauga Rattlesnake Massasauga Rattlesnake Sistrurus catenatus threatened JD Taylor
Milksnake Milksnake Lampropeltis triangulum special concern Rob Tervo
Queensnake Queensnake Regina septemvittata threatened Rob Tervo
Common Five-lined Skink Common Five-lined Skink Plestiodon fasciatus endangered (Carolinian population), special concern (Great Lakes/St. Lawrence population) Wasyl Bakowsky, NHIC Archives


Image Common Name Scientific Name Status Photo Credit
Blanding's Turtle Blanding's Turtle Emydoidea blandingii threatened Brendan Toews
Eastern Musk Turtle Eastern Musk Turtle Sternotherus odoratus threatened Allen Woodliffe
Northern Map Turtle Northern Map Turtle Graptemys geographica special concern Scott Gillingwater
Snapping Turtle Snapping Turtle Chelydra serpentina special concern Wasyl Bakowsky
Spiny Softshell Spiny Softshell Apalone spinifera threatened Allen Woodliffe
Spotted Turtle Spotted Turtle Clemmys guttata endangered JD Taylor
Wood Turtle Wood Turtle Glyptemys insculpta endangered Rob Tervo


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