Imperiled Species

Florida's Imperiled Species

Florida’s imperiled species are fish and wildlife species that meet criteria to be listed as federally endangered, federally threatened, state threatened or Species of Special Concern. The current listing status of all of Florida's federal and state listed species is found in Florida's Endangered and Threatened Species List Adobe PDF.  While the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) has primary responsibility for Florida species that are federally endangered or threatened, like the sand skink or the Florida scrub-jay, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) works in partnership with USFWS to help conserve these species.

Some listed and non-listed species are also considered managed species because of the well-developed programs that address their conservation, management or recovery, such as manatees, panthers, and sea turtles.   The FWC has individual management plans for imperiled species such as the gopher tortoise as well as a comprehensive Imperiled Species Management Plan Adobe PDF for 57 state listed species.

Find out more about each imperiled fish or wildlife species in Florida.


How can you help imperiled species?   


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