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DEP Adopts Updated Threatened and Endangered Species List, Revises Species Listings Based on Latest Science - DEP News Release, 2/23/12

The lists of New Jersey's endangered and threatened wildlife species are maintained by the Division of Fish and Wildlife's Endangered and Nongame Species Program (ENSP). These lists are used to determine protection and management actions necessary to ensure the survival of the state's endangered, threatened and other nongame wildlife. This work is made possible through voluntary contributions received through Check-off donations to the Endangered Wildlife Conservation Fund on the State Income Tax Form, the sale of Conserve Wildlife License Plates, and donations.

To report a sighting of endangered or threatened wildlife, use the Rare Wildlife Sighting Report Form.

Endangered Species are those whose prospects for survival in New Jersey are in immediate danger because of a loss or change in habitat, over-exploitation, predation, competition, disease, disturbance or contamination. Assistance is needed to prevent future extinction in New Jersey.

Threatened Species are those who may become endangered if conditions surrounding them begin to or continue to deteriorate.

There are other classifications for wildlife as well, including Stable, Species of Special Concern and Undetermined. For a complete listing of species monitored by the ENSP, see the Species Status Listing on the Conserve Wildlife Foundation of NJ website.

Species names in the tables below link to PDF documents containing identification, habitat and status and conservation information. For more detailed descriptions, photographs, and range maps of New Jersey’s endangered, threatened, and special concern species, please refer to the Conserve Wildlife Foundation of NJ’s on-line field guide.

BIRDS
Endangered Threatened
Bittern, American BR Botaurus lentiginosos BR Bobolink BR Dolichonyx oryzivorus BR
Eagle, bald BR Haliaeetus leucocephalus BR Eagle, bald NB Haliaeetus leucocephalus NB
Falcon, peregrine BR Falco peregrinus BR Egret, cattle BR Bubulcus ibis BR
Goshawk, northern BR Accipiter gentilis BR Kestrel, American Falco sparverius
Grebe, pied-billed BR Podilymbus podiceps BR Lark, horned BR Eremophila alpestris BR
Harrier, northern BR Circus cyaneus BR Night-heron, black-crowned BR Nycticorax nycticorax BR
Hawk, red-shouldered BR Buteo lineatus BR Night-heron, yellow-crowned Nyctanassa violacea
Knot, red NB Calidris canutus NB Osprey BR Pandion haliaetus BR
Owl, short-eared BR Asio flammeus BR Owl, barred Strix varia
Plover, piping** Charadrius melodus** Owl, long-eared Asio otus
Rail, black BR Laterallus jamaicensis BR Rail, black NB Laterallus jamaicensis NB
Sandpiper, upland Batramia longicauda Sparrow, grasshopper BR Ammodramus savannarum BR
Shrike, loggerhead NB Lanius ludovicianus NB Sparrow, Savannah BR Passerculus sandwichensis BR
Skimmer, black Rynchops niger Woodpecker, red-headed Melanerpes erythrocephalus
Sparrow, Henslow's Ammodramus henslowii  
Sparrow, vesper BR Pooecetes gramineus BR
Tern, least Sternula antillarum
Tern, roseate** Sterna dougallii**
Warbler, golden-winged BR Vermivora chrysoptera BR
Wren, sedge Cistothorus platensis
**Federally endangered or threatened
BR - Breeding population only; NB - non-breeding population only

 

REPTILES
Endangered Threatened
Rattlesnake, timber Crotalus h. horridus Snake, northern pine Pituophis m. melanoleucus
Snake, corn Elaphe g. guttata Turtle, Atlantic green** Chelonia mydas**
Snake, queen Regina septemvittata Turtle, wood Glyptemys insculpta
Turtle, bog** Glyptemys muhlenbergii**  
Hawksbill, Atlantic** Eretmochelys imbricata**
Leatherback, Atlantic ** Dermochelys coriacea**
Loggerhead, Atlantic ** Caretta caretta**
Ridley, Atlantic ** Lepidochelys kempii**
**Federally endangered or threatened

 

AMPHIBIANS
Endangered Threatened
Salamander, blue-spotted Ambystoma laterale Salamander, eastern mud Pseudotriton montanus
Salamander, eastern tiger Ambystoma tigrinum Salamander, long-tailed Eurycea longicauda
Treefrog, southern gray Hyla chrysocelis Treefrog, pine barrens Hyla andersonii

 

INVERTEBRATES
Endangered
Threatened
Beetle, American burying** Nicrophorus americanus** Baskettail, robust(dragonfly) Epitheca spinosa
Beetle, northeastern beach tiger** Cincindela d. dorsalis** Clubtail, banner (dragonfly) Gomphus apomyius
Copper, bronze Lycaena hyllus Clubtail, harpoon (dragonfly) Gomphus descriptus
Floater, brook (mussel) Alasmidonta varicosa Elfin, frosted (butterfly) Callophrys irus
Floater, green (mussel) Lasmigona subviridis Emerald, Kennedy's (dragonfly) Somatochlora kennedyi
Petaltail, gray (dragonfly) Tachopteryx thoreyi Floater, triangle (mussel) Alasmidonta undulata
Satyr, Mitchell's (butterfly)** Neonympha m. mitchellii** Fritillary, silver-bordered (butterfly) Bolaria selene myrina
Skipper, arogos (butterfly) Atrytone arogos arogos Jewelwing, superb (dragonfly) Calopteryx amata
Skipper, Appalachian grizzled (butterfly) Pyrgus wyandot Lampmussel, eastern (mussel) Lampsilis radiata
Wedgemussel, dwarf** Alasmidonta heterodon** Lampmussel, yellow (mussel) Lampsilis cariosa
  Mucket, tidewater (mussel) Leptodea ochracea
Pondmussel, eastern (mussel) Ligumia nasuta
Snaketail, brook, (dragonfly) Ophiogomphus asperses
White, checkered (butterfly) Pontia protodice
**Federally endangered or threatened

 

MAMMALS
Endangered
Bat, Indiana** Myotis sodalis**
Bobcat Lynx rufus
Whale, North Atlantic right** Eubalaena glacialis**
Whale, blue** Balaenoptera musculus**
Whale, fin** Balaenoptera physalus**
Whale, humpback** Megaptera novaeangliae**
Whale, sei** Balaenoptera borealis**
Whale,sperm** Physeter macrocephalus**
Woodrat, Allegheny Neotoma magister
**Federally Endangered
FISH
Endangered
Sturgeon, Atlantic** Acipenser oxyrinchus oxyrinchus**
Sturgeon, shortnose** Acipenser brevirostrum**
**Federally Endangered

List updated 4/2/12

The lists of New Jersey's endangered and nongame wildlife species are maintained by the DEP's Division of Fish and Wildlife's Endangered and Nongame Species Program. These lists are used to determine protection and management actions necessary to ensure the survival of the state's endangered and nongame wildlife.

This work is made possible through voluntary contributions received through Check-off donations to the Endangered Wildlife Conservation Fund on the State Income Tax Form, the sale of Conserve Wildlife License Plates, and donations. For more information about the Endangered and Nongame Species Program or to report a sighting of endangered or threatened wildlife, contact the Endangered and Nongame Species, NJ Division of Fish and Wildlife, Mail Code 501-03, PO Box 420, Trenton, NJ 08625-0420.

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