Species Updates

The Pennsylvania Natural Heritage Program regularly updates species occurrences in the Conservation Explorer. These updates ensure the Explorer is using the most current data available for conservation information.  Some reasons for changes include:

  • A species being newly listed by an agency or newly proposed for listing
  • An occurrence of a currently-listed species that previously did not have any confirmed populations 
  • A species being newly delisted, no longer proposed for listing, or proposed for delisting by an agency 

 The tables below provide a summary of changes as of June 15, 2020.  Additional information on species status definitions can be found here. Please email RA-HeritageGIS@pa.gov if you have further questions.

June 15, 2020 Updates

Species Added to Environmental Review

Scientific Name Common Name Agency Explanation Status
Ethmia zelleriella Zeller's Glass Miner Moth DCNR New record for this species Species of Special Concern
Nemoria tuscarora Tuscarora Emerald Moth DCNR New record for this species Species of Special Concern
Papaipema eupatorii Joe-Pye Weed Borer Moth DCNR Species added to Tracked list Species of Special Concern
Papaipema nepheleptena Turtle Head Borer Moth DCNR Species added to Tracked list Species of Special Concern
Papaipema rutila Mayapple Borer Moth DCNR Species added to Tracked list Species of Special Concern
Zizania palustris Indian Wild Rice DCNR Erie County records were determined to be Z. palustris (not Z. aquatica). Proposed Pennsylvania Endangered, Species of Special Concern

Species Removed from Environmental Review

Scientific Name Common Name Agency Explanation
Coregonus artedi Cisco PFBC Extirpated from native range in PA
Chenopodium capitatum Strawberry Goosefoot DCNR Occurrence is more than 50 years old
Hypagyrtis esther Esther Moth DCNR Moved to Species of Interest
Artace cribraria Dot-lined White Moth DCNR Moved to Species of Interest
Sphinx gordius Apple Sphinx Moth DCNR Moved to Species of Interest
Aplectoides condita Quivering Dart Moth DCNR Moved to Species of Interest

Species Name Changes

Old Scientific Name Common Name Agency New Name
Itame sp. 1 nr. inextricata Barrens Itame Moth DCNR Macaria exonerata
Apharetra dentata Toothed Apharetra Moth DCNR Sympistis dentata
Richia acclivis Switchgrass Dart Moth DCNR Dichagyris acclivis

January 20, 2020 Updates

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has updated the screening analysis for Indiana bat (Myotis sodalis) and bog turtle (Clemmys muhlenbergii) in the Conservation Explorer. For more information, check the USFWS Pennsylvania Field Office website.

Species Added to Environmental Review

Scientific Name Common Name Agency Explanation Status
Cicindela marginipennis cobblestone tiger beetle DCNR   Species of Special Concern
Dryopteris filix-mas ssp. brittonii Male Fern DCNR Name updated from Dryopteris filix-mas Under Review, Species of Special Concern
Sagittaria calycina var. calycina   DCNR Record re-determined from Sagittaria calycina var. spongiosa Under Review, Species of Special Concern
Scleria triglomerata Whip Nutrush DCNR New extant record found in 2018 Proposed Pennsylvania Endangered, Species of Special Concern

Species Name Changes

Old Scientific Name Common Name Agency New Name
Lota lota Burbot - Allegheny River population PFBC Lota lota pop. 4
Opheodrys aestivus Northern Rough Greensnake PFBC Opheodrys aestivus aestivus
Habroscelimorpha dorsalis dorsalis Northeastern Beach Tiger Beetle USFWS, DCNR Cicindela dorsalis dorsalis
Quadrula cylindrica cylindrica Rabbitsfoot USFWS, PFBC Theliderma cylindrica

August 11, 2019 Updates

Species Added to Environmental Review

Scientific Name Common Name Agency Explanation Status
Myotis lucifugus Little brown bat PGC New record of listed species Pennsylvania Endangered
Perimyotis subflavus Tri-colored bat PGC New record of listed species Pennsylvania Endangered

Species Removed from Environmental Review

Scientific Name Common Name Agency Explanation
Baccharis halimifolia Eastern Baccharis DCNR Proposed for delisting; possibly not native

April 26, 2019 Updates

Species Status Change

Scientific Name Common Name Agency Change
Falco peregrinus Peregrine Falcon PGC Status Changed from Pennsylvania Endangered to Pennsylvania Threatened
Charadus melodus Pipping Plover PGC Status Changed to Pennsylvania Endangered
Calidris canutus rufa Red Knot PGC Status Changed to Pennsylvania Endangered, No records in Environmental Review
Myotis septentrionalis Northern long-eared bat PGC Status Changed to Pennsylvania Endangered
Myotis lucifugus Little brown bat PGC Status Changed to Pennsylvania Endangered, No records in Environmental Review
Perimyotis subflavus Tri-colored bat PGC Status Changed to Pennsylvania Endangered, No records in Environmental Review
Opsopoedus emiliae Pugnose Minnow PFBC Status Changed to Pennsylvania Endangered, No records in Environmental Review
Notropis heterolepis Blacknose Shiner PFBC Status Changed to Pennsylvania Endangered
Enneacanthus obesus Banded Sunfish PFBC Delisted, removed from Environmental Review
Erimystax x-punctatus Gravel Chub PFBC Delisted, removed from Environmental Review
Umbra limi Central Mudminnow PFBC Delisted, removed from Environmental Review
Umbra pygmaea Eastern Mudminnow PFBC Delisted, removed from Environmental Review

Relevant PA Bulletins: Fish and Boat Commission March 16, 2019 and Pennsylvania Game Commission March 23, 2019

Species Name Change

Old Scientific Name Common Name Agency New Name
Dichanthelium villosissimum var. villosissimum White-hair Witchgrass DCNR Dichanthelium villosissimum
Cypripedium parviflorum Southern Small Yellow Lady's-slipper DCNR Cypripedium parviflorum var. parviflorum

Species Added to Environmental Review

Scientific Name Common Name Agency Explanation Status
Asclepias verticillata Whorled Milkweed DCNR Under consideration for listing Proposed Pennsylvania Threatened, Species of Special Concern
Morus rubra Red Mulberry DCNR Under consideration for listing Proposed Pennsylvania Threatened, Species of Special Concern
Polygala incarnata Pink Milkwort DCNR New record of a listed species Pennsylvania Endangered
Polygala senega Seneca Snakeroot DCNR Under consideration for listing Proposed Pennsylvania Threatened, Species of Special Concern
Actaea rubra Red Baneberry DCNR Under consideration for listing Proposed Pennsylvania Rare, Species of Special Concern
Clematis occidentalis Purple Clematis DCNR Under consideration for listing Proposed Pennsylvania Threatened, Species of Special Concern
Houstonia canadensis Fringed Bluets DCNR Under consideration for listing Proposed Pennsylvania Endangered, Species of Special Concern
Lycopodiella alopecuroides Foxtail Clubmoss DCNR New record of a listed species Pennsylvania Endangered
Northern appalachian spruce rocky summit   DCNR New record of a community of concern Special Concern Resource
Sparsely Vegetated Vernal Pool Community   DCNR Observed declines Special Concern Resource

Species Removed from Environmental Review

Scientific Name Common Name Agency Explanation
Crataegus pennsylvanica Red-fruited Hawthorn DCNR No extant populations
Dichanthelium boreale Panic-grass DCNR Prioritized for taxonomic research
Enneacanthus obesus Banded Sunfish PFBC Delisted by PFBC
Epilobium palustre Marsh Willow-herb DCNR Prioritized for research
Erimystax x-punctatus Gravel Chub PFBC Delisted by PFBC
Eupatorium rotundifolium A Eupatorium DCNR Prioritized for taxonomic research
Filipendula rubra Queen-of-the-prairie DCNR Prioritized for research
Hieracium umbellatum Umbellate Hawkweed DCNR Prioritized for taxonomic research
Isoetes valida Quillwort DCNR Prioritized for taxonomic research
Isoetes x brittonii Quillwort DCNR Prioritized for taxonomic research
Pluchea odorata Shrubby Camphor-weed DCNR Prioritized for research
Rosa blanda Meadow Rose DCNR Prioritized for taxonomic research
Rubus setosus Small Bristleberry DCNR Prioritized for taxonomic research
Salix pedicellaris Bog Willow DCNR Prioritized for taxonomic research
Smallanthus uvedalia Leaf-cup DCNR Not in need of conservation
Tripsacum dactyloides Eastern Gamma-grass DCNR Under consideration for delisting
Umbra limi Central Mudminnow PFBC Delisted by PFBC
Umbra pygmaea Eastern Mudminnow PFBC Delisted by PFBC
Utricularia radiata Small Swollen Bladderwort DCNR Record redetermined to another species