Threatened and Endangered: Status of the Allegheny Woodrat (Neotoma magister) in State Listings

Janet Wright, Dickinson College, Carlisle, PA 17013

 

The Allegheny woodrat (Neotoma magister) is known historically from fifteen states (AL, CT, GA, IN, KY, MD, MA, NC, NJ, NY, OH, PA, TN, VA, WV). This table gives internet addresses, state ranking, and state status for the Allegheny woodrat in these states as of 2004, with some additional updates. The information on status designation and state rank comes directly from the internet site information.

An explanation of ranking systems follows the table.

About the name of this woodrat: For scientific name, most states (but not all) use Neotoma magister, in accordance with recent DNA studies that set this species apart from Neotoma floridana. Because the common name Eastern woodrat is already widely used for Neotoma floridana, it is logical to use the common name Allegheny woodrat for "our" species, and that is what most states now do. In addition to the Allegheny woodrat, two other woodrat entities are noted by some of these states: Neotoma floridana haematoreia and Neotoma floridana illinoensis. Those are subspecies of the Eastern woodrat, and are distinct from the woodrat in this table.

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ALLEGHENY WOODRAT STATUS SOURCES

State

State

State

Internet site

Status

Rank

AL

http://www.outdooralabama.com/research-mgmt/cwcs/Appendix1-3.pdf

No special designation

S3

CT

http://dep.state.ct.us/cgnhs/nddb/mammals.htm

Extirpated (Special Concern)

GA

http://georgiawildlife.dnr.state.ga.us/content/specialconcernanimals.asp

(Not listed - presumably secure)

IN

http://www.in.gov/dnr/fishwild/endangered/mammal.htm

Endangered

 

KY

http://www.naturepreserves.ky.gov/inforesources/reports_pubs.htm

Not listed -(secure)

S3S4

MA

http://www.state.ma.us/dfwele/dfw/nhesp/nhrare.htm

(Extirpated -not listed)

MD

http://dnrweb.dnr.state.md.us/download/rteanimals.pdf

Endangered

S1

NC

http://www.ncnhp.org/Images/2006RareAnimalList.pdf

Special Concern

S2

NJ

http://www.state.nj.us/dep/fgw/tandespp.htm

Endangered

SHistorical

NY

http://www.dec.state.ny.us/website/dfwmr/heritage/animallist.pdf

Endangered

S1

OH

http://www.dnr.state.oh.us/wildlife/resources/mgtplans/endangered.htm

Endangered

PA

http://www.pgc.state.pa.us/pgc/cwp/view.asp?a=486&q=152547

Threatened

TN

http://www.state.tn.us/environment/na/pdf/animal_list_2004.pdf

"in need of management"

S3

VA

http://www.dcr.virginia.gov/dnh/anlist06.pdf

"Heritage watch list"

S3

WV

http://www.wvdnr.gov/Wildlife/PDFFiles/ANIMALSNEW.pdf

"Somewhat vulnerable"

S3

NatureServe (formerly Association for Biodiversity Information) has comprehensive lists of animal species of concern and state programs at: http://www.natureserve.org/

STATUS RANKS:

The Allegheny woodrat (Neotoma magister) has a global ranking of G3G4 (G3=globally rare or uncommon, G4=globally widespread and apparently secure). It is not listed as a federal threatened or endangered species, because its status in several states is considered secure. State rankings in the table above are: SRANK:S1=critically imperiled in state, S2=imperiled in state, S3=rare or uncommon in state, S4=widespread and apparently secure in state, S5=widespread and secure in state. SH = of historical occurrence only (ie extirpated). Notice that this woodrat is already extirpated in Connecticut, and Massachusetts. It was considered extirpated in New York but one recent record has caused its status to be revised as "endangered."

updated 10/17/2006
Janet Wright, wright@dickinson.edu