• Rainbow over Half Dome

    Yosemite

    National Park California

Special Status Animal Species

Scroll down to view definitions of each federal and state special status category.

SPECIES

FEDERAL

STATE

Invertebrates

Valley elderberry longhorn beetle (Desmocerus californicus dimorphus)

FT

Fish

Hardhead (Mylopharodon conocephalus)

CSC

Amphibians

Mount Lyell salamander (Hydromantes platycephalus)

CSC

Yosemite toad (Anaxyrus canorus)

FPT

CSC

Foothill yellow-legged frog (Rana boylii)*

CSC

Sierra Nevada yellow-legged frog (Rana sierrae)

FPE

CT

Reptiles

Western pond turtle (Actinemys marmorata)

CSC

Birds

Harlequin duck (Histrionicus histrionicus)

CSC

Northern goshawk (Accipiter gentilis)

CSC

Northern harrier (Circus cyaneus)
CSC
Golden eagle (Aquila chrysaetos)

CFP

Bald eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus)

CE, CFP

Peregrine falcon (Falco peregrinus)

CFP

Long-eared owl (Asio otus)

CSC

Great gray owl (Strix nebulosa)

CE

California spotted owl (Strix occidentalis occidentalis)

CSC

Vaux's swift (Chaetura vauxi)

CSC

Black swift (Cyseloides niger)

CSC

Olive-sided flycatcher (Contopus cooperi)

CSC

Willow flycatcher (Empidonax trailii)

CE

Yellow warbler (Setophaga petechia)

CSC

Mammals

Mount Lyell shrew (Sorex lyelli)

CSC

Pallid bat (Antrozous pallidus)

CSC

Townsend's big-eared bat (Corynorhinus townsendii)

CCE/T

Spotted bat (Euderma maculatum)

CSC

Western red bat (Lasiurus blossevillii)

CSC

Western mastiff bat (Eumops perotis)

CSC

Sierra Nevada snowshoe hare (Lepus americanus tahoensis)

CSC

Western white-tailed jackrabbit (Lepus townsendii)

CSC

Sierra Nevada mountain beaver (Aplodontia rufa)

CSC

Sierra Nevada red fox (Vulpes vulpes necator)

CT

California wolverine (Gulo gulo)

FC

CT

Fisher (Pekania pennanti)

FC

CCT

American badger (Taxidea taxus)

CSC

Sierra Nevada bighorn sheep (Ovis Canadensis sierrae)

FE

CE, CFP

Ringtail (Bassariscus astutus)
CFP


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  • FE–Federal Endangered: A species that is in danger of extinction throughout all or a significant portion of its national range
  • FT–Federal Threatened: A species that is likely to become an endangered species within the foreseeable future throughout all or a significant portion of its national range
  • FPE–Federal Proposed Endangered: A species for which there is sufficient information on its biological status and threats to propose it as endangered under the Endangered Species Act
  • FPT–Federal Proposed Threatened: A species for which there is sufficient information on its biological status and threats to propose it as threatened under the Endangered Species Act
  • FC–Federal Candidate: A species for which there is sufficient information on its biological status and threats to propose it as endangered or threatened under the Endangered Species Act but for which development of a proposed listing regulation is precluded by other higher priority listing activities
  • CE–California Endangered: A species that is in danger of extinction throughout all or a significant portion of its range in the state
  • CT–California Threatened: A species that is likely to become an endangered species within the foreseeable future throughout all or a significant portion of its state range
  • CCE–California Candidate Endangered: A species that will be considered for possible state endangered listing if sufficient evidence suggests that its status may meet the state listing criteria
  • CCT–California Candidate Threatened: A species that will be considered for possible state threatened listing if sufficient evidence suggests that its status may meet the state listing criteria
  • CCE/T-California Candidate Endangered or Threatened: A species that will be considered for possible state endangered or threatened listing if sufficient evidence suggests that its status may meet the state listing criteria
  • CFP–California Fully Protected: A species (including federal and state listed) that is rare or faces possible extinction for which the State provides additional protection. The State of California regulates the possession and taking of these species
  • CSC–California Species of Concern: Any species that may become vulnerable to extinction on a state level from declining population trends, limited range, and/or continuing threats; could become threatened or endangered


*–Believed to be extirpated from Yosemite National Park

Factoid:1,000 federally-listed T&E species live in more than 200 of the approximately 400 National Park Service units.

Did You Know?

Merced River Gorge

Descending from Yosemite Valley, the Merced River becomes a continuous cascade in a narrow gorge littered by massive boulders. Dropping 2,000 feet in 14 miles, canyon walls rise steeply from the river and have many seasonal waterfalls cascading down to the river.