SC Rare, Threatened & Endangered Species Inventory

US Endangered Species Act (USESA) Designation

Rank Meaning
LE: Endangered A species "in danger of extinction throughout all or a significant portion of its range."
LT: Threatened A species "likely to become endangered within the foreseeable future throughout all or a significant portion of its range."
C: Candidate A species under consideration for official listing for which there is sufficient information to support listing.
ARS*: At Risk Species, Priority A species that either is a former Candidate Species or is an emerging conservation prority species.

State Protection Definitions

Rank Meaning
SE: Endangered Any species or subspecies of wildlife whose prospects of survival or recruitment within the State are in jeopardy or are likely within the foreseeable future to become so.
ST: Threatened A species that is likely to become endangered and in need of management.

Species that have no information in the Federal Status and State Status columns are considered rare or in need of additional study, but have no legal protection under the federal or state endangered species laws. They are being tracked by our program at the request of our biologists.

For additional information about rare and endangered species or questions about these lists, please contact Kathy Boyle.