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Species of Conservation Interest in Massachusetts

Information on species that are not MESA listed but are of conservation interest.

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.  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. 

Vertebrates

Taxonomic Group

Common Name

Scientific Name

Fish Atlantic Salmon Salmo salar
     
Amphibians Four-toed Salamander Hemidactylium scutatum
Amphibians Spring Salamander Gyrinophilus p. porphyriticus
Amphibians Northern Leopard Frog Lithobates pipiens
     
Reptile Spotted Turtle Clemmys guttata
Reptile North American Racer Coluber constrictor
Reptile Eastern Hog-nosed Snake Heterodon platirhinos
Reptile Smooth Greensnake Opheodrys vernalis
Reptile Eastern Ribbonsnake Thamnophis sauritus
     
Bird Pelagic Seabirds  
Bird Northern Goshawk Accipiter gentilis
Bird Sharp-shinned Hawk Accipiter striatus
Bird Saltmarsh Sharp-tailed Sparrow Ammodramus caudacutus
Bird Henslow's Sparrow Ammodramus henslowii
Bird Seaside Sparrow Ammodramus maritimus
Bird Blue-winged Teal Anas discors
Bird Great Egret Ardea alba
Bird Ruddy Turnstone Arenaria interpres
Bird Broad-Winged Hawk Buteo platypterus
Bird Green Heron Butorides virescens
Bird Sanderling Calidris alba
Bird Purple Sandpiper Calidris maritima
Bird Semi-palmated Sandpiper Calidris pusilla
Bird Canada Warbler Cardellina canadensis 
Bird Chimney Swift Chaetura pelagica
Bird Common Nighthawk Chordeiles minor
Bird Marsh Wren Cistothorus palustris
Bird Black-billed Cuckoo Coccyzus erythropthalmus
Bird Olive-sided Flycatcher Contopus cooperi
Bird Bobolink Dolichonyx oryzivorus
Bird Snowy Egret Egretta thula
Bird Horned Lark Eremophila alpestris
Bird Rusty Blackbird Euphagus carolinus
Bird American Kestrel Falco sparverius
Bird Wilson’s Snipe Gallinago delicata
Bird Red-throated Loon Gavia stellata
Bird American Oystercatcher Haematopus palliatus
Bird Purple Finch Haemorhous purpureus
Bird Harlequin Duck Histrionicus histrionicus
Bird Wood Thrush Hylocichla mustelina
Bird Herring Gull Larus argentatus
Bird Laughing Gull Larus atricilla
Bird Great Black-backed Gull Larus marinus
Bird Short-billed Dowitcher Limnodromus griseus
Bird Black-and-white Warbler Mniotilta varia
Bird Eskimo Curlew Numenius borealis
Bird Whimbrel Numenius phaeopus
Bird Black-crowned Night Heron Nycticorax nycticorax
Bird Nashville Warbler Oreothlypis ruficapilla
Bird Louisiana Waterthrush Parkesia motacilla 
Bird Cliff Swallow Petrochelidon pyrrhonota
Bird Double-crested Cormorant Phalacrocorax auritus
Bird Eastern Towhee Pipilo erythrophthalmus
Bird Scarlet Tanager Piranga olivacea
Bird Glossy Ibis Plegadis falcinellus
Bird Sora Porzana carolina
Bird Purple Martin Progne subis
Bird Virginia Rail Rallus limicola
Bird Bank Swallow Riparia riparia
Bird Cerulean Warbler Setophaga cerulea
Bird Prairie Warbler Setophaga discolor 
Bird Chestnut-sided Warbler Setophaga pensylvanica
Bird Common Eider Somateria mollissima
Bird Field Sparrow Spizella pusilla
Bird Eastern Meadowlark Sturnella magna
Bird Brown Thrasher Toxostoma rufum
Bird Willet Tringa semipalmata
Bird Blue-winged Warbler Vermivora cyanoptera
Bird White-throated Sparrow Zonotrichia albicollis
     
Mammals Big Brown Bat Eptesicus fuscus
Mammals Northern Flying Squirrel Glaucomys sabrinus
Mammals Silver-haired Bat Lasionycteris noctivagans
Mammals Eastern Red Bat Lasiurus borealis
Mammals Hoary Bat Lasiurus cinereus

Invertebrates

Taxonomic Group

Common Name

Scientific Name

Bees Walsh's Anthophora Anthophora walshii
Bees Rusty-patched Bumble Bee Bombus affinis
Bees Yellow Bumble Bee Bombus fervidus
Bees American Bumble Bee Bombus pensylvanicus
Bees Yellow-banded Bumble Bee Bombus terricola
Bees Macropis Cuckoo Bee Epeoloides pilosula
Bees Oil-collecting Bees Macropis ciliata, M. nuda, M. patellata
     
Beetle Elderberry Long-horned Beetle Desmocerus palliatus
     
Crustaceans Appalachian Brook Crayfish Cambarus bartonii
     
Dragonflies Comet Darner Anax longipes
Dragonflies Beaver Pond Clubtail Dragonfly Gomphus borealis
Dragonflies Spatterdock Darner Rhionaeschna mutata
Dragonflies Zebra Clubtail Stylurus scudderi
Dragonflies Arrow Clubtail Stylurus spiniceps
     
Damselflies New England Bluet Enallagma laterale
     
Moth Three-lined Angle Moth Digrammia eremiata
Moth Oak Hairstreak Satyrium favonius
     
Mussels Triangle Floater Alasmidonta undulata
Mussels Alewife Floater Anodonta implicata
Mussels Eastern Lampmussel Lampsilis radiata
Mussels Eastern Pearlshell Margaritifera margaritifera
     
Snail Walker's Limpet Ferrissia walkeri

Plants

Taxonomic Group

Common Name

Scientific Name

Plant Black Maple Acer nigrum
Plant Seabeach Amaranth Amaranthus pumilus
Plant Nantucket Shadbush Amelanchier nantucketensis
Plant Butterfly-weed Asclepias tuberosa
Plant River Bulrush Bolboschoenus fluviatilis
Plant Least Moonwort Botrychium simplex
Plant Swamp Moonwort Botrychium tenebrosum
Plant Bog Sedge Carex exilis
Plant Long-bracted Green Orchid Coeloglossum viride
Plant Broom Crowberry Corema conradii
Plant Rose Coreopsis Coreopsis rosea
Plant Bushy Rockrose Crocanthemum dumosum
Plant Laurentian Bladderfern Cystopteris laurentiana
Plant Goldie's Fern Dryopteris goldiana (Hook) A. Gray
Plant Showy Orchid Galearis spectabilis
Plant Narrow-leaved Gentian Gentiana linearis
Plant Marsh-pea Lathyrus palustris
Plant Sandplain Flax Linum intercursum
Plant Loesel's Twayblade Liparis loeselii
Plant Wild Lupine Lupinus perennis
Plant One-sided Wintergreen Orthilia secunda
Plant North Wind Orchid Platanthera aquilonis
Plant Hooker’s Orchid Platanthera hookeri
Plant Northern Green Orchid Platanthera huronensis
Plant Large Round-leaved Orchid Platanthera macrophylla
Plant Round-leaved Orchid Platanthera orbiculata
Plant Budding Pondweed Potamogeton gemmiparus
Plant Threadfoot Podostemum ceratophyllum
Plant Pendulus Bulrush Scirpus pendulus
Plant Rich's Sea-blite Suaeda maritima ssp. richii
Plant Willow Aster Symphyotrichum praealtum
Plant Wild Pink Silene caroliniana ssp. pesylvanica

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