The Natural Heritage & Endangered Species Program creates fact sheets for many species on the Massachusetts Endangered Species List (MESA List) to provide information on the life history, distribution, and status of these species to the public.  This page includes fact sheets for species that have subsequently been removed from the MESA List. Please note that fact sheets are not available for all species in Massachusetts, or for all species that have ever been on the MESA List. Most of these fact sheets were written when the species were on the state list of rare species, and were updated only with the change of status.

Vertebrates

Common NameScientific Name
Four-toed Salamander pdf format of    Four-toed Salamander  Hemidactylium scutatum
Spring Salamander pdf format of    Spring Salamander  Gyrinophilus p. porphyriticus
Green Heron pdf format of    Green Heron  Butorides virescens
Marsh Wren pdf format of    Marsh Wren  Cistothorus palustris
Sora pdf format of    Sora  Porzana carolina
Virginia Rail pdf format of    Virginia Rail  Rallus limicola

Invertebrates

Common NameScientific Name
Elderberry Long-horned Beetle pdf format of    Elderberry Long-horned Beetle  Desmocerus palliatus
Arrow Clubtail pdf format of    Arrow Clubtail  Stylurus spiniceps
Beaver Pond Clubtail Dragonfly pdf format of    Beaver Pond Clubtail Dragonfly  Gomphus borealis
Zebra Clubtail pdf format of    Zebra Clubtail   Stylurus scudderi
New England Bluet pdf format of    New England Bluet   Enallagma laterale
Triangle Floater pdf format of    Triangle Floater   Alasmidonta undulata

Plants

Common NameScientific Name
Butterfly-weed pdf format of    Butterfly-weed   Asclepias tuberosa
Black Maple pdf format of    Black Maple   Acer nigrum
Goldie's Fern pdf format of    Goldie's Fern   Dryopteris goldiana (Hook) A. Gray
Nantucket Shadbush pdf format of    Nantucket Shadbush   Amelanchier nantucketensis
Pendulus Bulrush pdf format of    Pendulus Bulrush   Scirpus pendulus
River Bulrush pdf format of    River Bulrush   Bolboschoenus fluviatilis
Broom Crowberry pdf format of    corema_conradii  Corema conradii
Threadfoot pdf format of    podostemum_ceratophyllum  Podostemum ceratophyllum