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Canadian Species At Risk - May 2004

Record of Name Changes


Common and scientific names (including population names, where applicable) previously used by COSEWIC, and other synonyms.
Previous Name(s) or SynonymCurrent Common Name or Scientific Name (population)
Abronia micranthaTripterocalyx micranthus
Acadian WhitefishAtlantic Whitefish
Acris crepitans blanchardiAcris crepitans
American Marten (Newfoundland population)Newfoundland Marten
Anatum Peregrine FalconPeregrine Falcon anatum subspecies
Apple MossRigid Apple Moss
Ascaphus truei (Pacific Coast population)Ascaphus truei
Ascaphus truei (Southern Mountain population)Ascaphus montanus
Asplenium scolopendrium var. americanumAsplenium scolopendrium
Aster anticostensisSymphyotrichum anticostense
Aster curtusSericocarpus rigidus
Aster divaricatusEurybia divaricata
Aster laurentianusSymphyotrichum laurentianum
Aster praealtusSymphyotrichum praealtum
Aster prenanthoidesSymphyotrichum prenanthoides
Aster shortiiSymphyotrichum shortii
Aster subulatus var. obtusifoliusSymphyotrichum subulatum (Bathurst population)
Aster yukonensisSymphyotrichum yukonense
Bathurst AsterBathurst Aster (Bathurst population)
Beluga Whale (Beaufort Sea / Arctic Ocean population)Beluga Whale (Eastern Beaufort Sea population)
Beluga Whale (Southeast Baffin Island-Cumberland Sound population)Beluga Whale (Cumberland Sound population)
Beluga Whale (St. Lawrence River population)Beluga Whale (St. Lawrence Estuary population)
Benthic Texada Island SticklebackBenthic Paxton Lake Stickleback
Black Rat SnakeEastern Ratsnake
Black RatsnakeEastern Ratsnake
Blackline PricklebackPighead Prickleback
Blanchard's Cricket FrogNorthern Cricket Frog
Blue-eyed MarySpring Blue-eyed Mary
Bowl LimpetEelgrass Limpet
Bufo woodhousii fowleriBufo fowleri
Butler's Garter SnakeButler's Gartersnake
Cacalia plantagineaArnoglossum plantagineum
Centrocercus urophasianus phaios (British Columbia population)Centrocercus urophasianus phaios
Centrocercus urophasianus urophasianus (Prairie population)Centrocercus urophasianus urophasianus
Charlotte Unarmoured SticklebacksCharlotte Unarmoured Stickleback
Cimicifuga elataActaea elata
Clemmys insculptaGlyptemys insculpta
Clemmys marmorataActinemys marmorata
Coeur d'Alène SalamanderCoeur d'Alene Salamander
Common Hop-treeCommon Hoptree
Common WatersnakeNorthern Watersnake
Coregonus canadensisCoregonus huntsmani
Delphinapterus leucas (Beaufort Sea / Arctic Ocean population)Delphinapterus leucas (Eastern Beaufort Sea population)
Delphinapterus leucas (Southeast Baffin Island- Cumberland Sound population)Delphinapterus leucas (Cumberland Sound population)
Delphinapterus leucas (St. Lawrence River population)Delphinapterus leucas (St. Lawrence Estuary population)
Eastern Fox SnakeEastern Foxsnake
Eastern Grey WolfEastern Wolf
Eastern Hognosed SnakeEastern Hog-nosed Snake
Eastern Loggerhead ShrikeLoggerhead Shrike migrans subspecies
Eastern MassasaugaMassasauga
Eastern Massasauga RattlesnakeMassasauga
Eastern MilksnakeMilksnake
Eastern Prairie Fringed OrchidEastern Prairie Fringed-orchid
Eastern Short-horned LizardGreater Short-horned Lizard
Eastern Spiny Softshell TurtleSpiny Softshell
Eastern Yellow-breasted ChatYellow-breasted Chat virens subspecies
Elaphe obsoleta obsoletaElaphe obsoleta
Elaphe vulpina gloydiElaphe gloydi
Elgaria coerulea principisElgaria coerulea
Emydoidea blandingiEmydoidea blandingii (Nova Scotia population)
Erigeron philadelphicus ssp. provancheriErigeron philadelphicus var. provancheri
Ermine (Queen Charlotte Islands population)Ermine haidarum subspecies
Eschrichtius robustus (Northeast Pacific population)Eschrichtius robustus (Eastern North Pacific population)
Eumeces septentrionalis septentrionalisEumeces septentrionalis
Few-flowered Club-rushBashful Bulrush
Gasterosteus aculeatusGasterosteus sp.
Gentiana victoriniiGentianopsis procera ssp. macounii var. victorinii
Gentianopsis victoriniiGentianopsis procera ssp. macounii var. victorinii
Goat's-rueVirginia Goat's-rue
Great Basin Gopher SnakeGreat Basin Gophersnake
Great Basin Spadefoot ToadGreat Basin Spadefoot
Greater Sandhill CraneSandhill Crane tabida subspecies
Grey Whale (Northeast Pacific population)Grey Whale (Eastern North Pacific population)
Grey WolfArctic Grey Wolf
Grey WolfSouthern Grey Wolf
Grey WolfEastern Wolf
Grey WolfNorthern Grey Wolf
Grizzly Bear [no population name]Grizzly Bear (Northwestern population)
Gymnocladus dioicaGymnocladus dioicus
Haplopappus macleaniiStenotus borealis
Harbour SealHarbour Seal Atlantic subspecies
Harbour SealHarbour Seal Pacific subspecies
Harbour Seal (Lac des Loups Marins landlocked population)Harbour Seal Lacs des Loups Marins subspecies
Hubb's Beaked WhaleHubbs' Beaked Whale
Hyperoodon ampullatus (Gully population)Hyperoodon ampullatus (Scotian Shelf population)
Icteria virens virens (Eastern population)Icteria virens virens
Incisalia irusCallophrys [Incisalia] irus
"Ipswich" Savannah SparrowSavannah Sparrow princeps subspecies
Isopyrum biternatumEnemion biternatum
Killer Whale (North Pacific "resident" populations)Killer Whale (North Pacific resident populations)
Lake Erie Water SnakeLake Erie Watersnake
Lake LampreyCowichan Lake Lamprey
Lake Simcoe WhitefishLake Whitefish (Lake Simcoe population)
Lanius ludovicianus excubitorides (Prairie population)Lanius ludovicianus excubitorides
Lanius ludovicianus migrans (Eastern population)Lanius ludovicianus migrans
Leatherback TurtleLeatherback Seaturtle
LilaeopsisEastern Lilaeopsis
Limnetic Texada Island SticklebackLimnetic Paxton Lake Stickleback
Loggerhead Shrike (Eastern population)Loggerhead Shrike migrans subspecies
Loggerhead Shrike (Prairie population)Loggerhead Shrike excubitorides subspecies
Long-tailed Weasel (Prairie population)Prairie Long-tailed Weasel
Lottia alveusLottia alveus alveus
LynxCanada Lynx
MacLean's GoldenweedNorthern Mock Goldenweed
Martes americana atrata (Newfoundland population)Martes americana atrata
Mexican Mosquito FernMexican Mosquito-fern
Mira River WhitefishLake Whitefish (Mira River population)
Mountain Dusky SalamanderAllegheny Mountain Dusky Salamander
Mustela erminea haidarum (Queen Charlotte Islands population)Mustela erminea haidarum
Mustela frenata longicauda (Prairie population)Mustela frenata longicauda
Night SnakeNightsnake
North Sea Beaked WhaleSowerby's Beaked Whale
Northern Bottlenose WhaleNorthern Bottlenose Whale (Davis Strait population)
Northern Bottlenose Whale (Gully population)Northern Bottlenose Whale (Scotian Shelf population)
Northern GoshawkNorthern Goshawk atricapillus subspecies
Northern Leopard Frog (Prairie population)Northern Leopard Frog (Western Boreal/Prairie populations)
Northern Prairie SkinkPrairie Skink
Northern Red-legged FrogRed-legged Frog
Northern Ribbonsnake (Atlantic population)Eastern Ribbonsnake (Atlantic population)
Northern Ribbonsnake (Great Lakes population)Eastern Ribbonsnake (Great Lakes population)
Northern Spotted OwlSpotted Owl caurina subspecies
Northwestern Alligator LizardNorthern Alligator Lizard
Notropis rubellus (Eastern population)Notropis rubellus
Notropis rubellus (Manitoba population)Notropis percobromus
Nuttall's Cottontail (British Columbia population)Nuttall's Cottontail nuttallii subspecies
Nuttall's Cottontail (Prairie population)Nuttall's Cottontail pinetis subspecies
Nyctea scandiacaBubo scandiaca
Oncorhynchus nerka (Cultus Lake population)Oncorhynchus nerka (Cultus population)
Oncorhynchus nerka (Sakinaw Lake population)Oncorhynchus nerka (Sakinaw population)
Orcinus orca (North Pacific "resident" populations)Orcinus orca (North Pacific resident populations)
Otus asioMegascops asio
Otus kennicottiiMegascops kennicottii
Otus kennicottii kennicottiiMegascops kennicottii kennicottii
Otus kennicottii macfarlaneiMegascops kennicottii macfarlanei
Pacific Giant SalamanderCoastal Giant Salamander
Pacific Gopher SnakePacific Gophersnake
Pacific Great Blue HeronGreat Blue Heron fannini subspecies
Panax quinquefoliumPanax quinquefolius
Peale's Peregrine FalconPeregrine Falcon pealei subspecies

Phoca vitulina mellonae (Lac des Loups Marins

landlocked population)

Phoca vitulina mellonae


Phrynosoma douglassii brevirostrePhrynosoma hernandesi
Phrynosoma douglassii douglassii (British Columbia population)Phrynosoma douglasii (British Columbia population)
Pink RushRush Pink
Plains Spadefoot ToadPlains Spadefoot
Polemonium van-bruntiaePolemonium vanbruntiae
Prairie Loggerhead ShrikeLoggerhead Shrike excubitorides subspecies
Pygmy Short-horned Lizard (British Columbia population)Pigmy Short-horned Lizard (British Columbia population)
Queen Charlotte GoshawkNorthern Goshawk laingi subspecies
Rana pipiens (Prairie population)Rana pipiens (Western Boreal/Prairie populations)
Rangifer tarandus dawsoni (Queen Charlotte Islands population)Rangifer tarandus dawsoni
Reithrodontomys megalotis dychei (Prairie population)Reithrodontomys megalotis dychei
Reithrodontomys megalotis megalotis (British Columbia population)Reithrodontomys megalotis megalotis
Ross' GullRoss's Gull
Rosyface Shiner (Eastern population)Rosyface Shiner
Rosyface Shiner (Manitoba population)Carmine Shiner
Sage Grouse (British Columbia population)Greater Sage-Grouse phaios subspecies
Sage Grouse (Prairie population)Greater Sage-Grouse urophasianus subspecies
Salamander MusselMudpuppy Mussel
Sand VerbenaSmall-flowered Sand-verbena
Sand Verbena MothSand-verbena Moth
Scirpus verecundusTrichophorum planifolium
Simpsonais ambiguaSimpsonaias ambigua
Sistrurus catenatus catenatusSistrurus catenatus
Slender Wooly-headsSlender Woolly-heads
Smallmouth SalamanderSmall-mouthed Salamander
Sockeye Salmon (Cultus Lake population)Sockeye Salmon (Cultus population)
Sockeye Salmon (Sakinaw Lake population)Sockeye Salmon (Sakinaw population)
Solidago speciosa var. rigidiusculaSolidago speciosa
Speotyto cuniculariaAthene cunicularia
Spiny Softshell TurtleSpiny Softshell
Spotted OwlSpotted Owl caurina subspecies
Streaked Horned LarkHorned Lark strigata subspecies
Strix occidentalisStrix occidentalis caurina
Sylvilagus nuttallii nuttallii (British Columbia population)Sylvilagus nuttallii nuttallii
Sylvilagus nuttallii pinetis (Prairie population)Sylvilagus nuttallii pinetis
Tailed Frog (Pacific Coast population)Coast Tailed Frog
Tailed Frog (Southern Mountain population)Rocky Mountain Tailed Frog
Tortula laevipilaSyntrichia laevipila
Tundra Peregrine FalconPeregrine Falcon tundrius subspecies
Van Brunt's Jacob's LadderVan Brunt's Jacob's-ladder
Virgulus sericeusSymphyotrichum sericeum
Western Harvest Mouse (British Columbia population)Western Harvest Mouse megalotis subspecies
Western Harvest Mouse (Prairie population)Western Harvest Mouse dychei subspecies
Western Prairie Fringed OrchidWestern Prairie Fringed-orchid
Western Silver-leaved AsterWestern Silvery Aster
Western Yellow-breasted Chat (Prairie population)Yellow-breasted Chat auricollis subspecies (Prairie population)
Willow AsterWillowleaf Aster
Woodland Caribou (Queen Charlotte Islands population)Caribou dawsoni subspecies
Woodland Caribou Dawson's subspeciesCaribou dawsoni subspecies
Yellow-breasted Chat (British Columbia population)Yellow-breasted Chat auricollis subspecies (British Columbia population)
Yellow-breasted Chat (Eastern population)Yellow-breasted Chat virens subspecies
Yellow-breasted Chat (Prairie population)Yellow-breasted Chat auricollis subspecies (Prairie population)