More than 735 kinds of plants and 410 different animals in Missouri are of concern to conservationists because they are uncommon or because their numbers are low or declining. Learn about them here.

Endangered Species Q and A
Get fast answers to common questions about Missouri's endangered species on private property.

Best Practices
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Resources

Missouri Animals of Conservation Concern
This booklet highlights some of the animals of conservation concern in the state of Missouri.

Missouri Plants of Conservation Concern
This booklet highlights some of the plants of conservation concern in the state of Missouri.

Missouri Species and Communities of Conservation Concern Checklist
The Missouri Species and Communities of Conservation Concern Checklist lists all of our rarest species and natural communities, and is updated annually.


Aquatic Invertebrates

Photograph of Ebonyshell freshwater mussel shell exterior view

Ebonyshell

Fusconaia ebena
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Endangered

elephant's ear

Elephantear

Elliptio crassidens
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Endangered

pink mucket

Pink Mucket

Lampsilis abrupta
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Endangered

scaleshell

Scaleshell

Leptodea leptodon
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Endangered

Photograph of Sheepnose freshwater mussel shell exterior view

Sheepnose (Bullhead)

Plethobasus cyphyus
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Endangered

Snuffbox

Snuffbox

Epioblasma triquetra
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Endangered

Birds

Image of bachman's sparrow

Bachman's Sparrow

Peucaea aestivalis (formerly Aimophila aestivalis)
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Endangered

Photo of a male greater prairie-chicken in courtship display

Greater Prairie-Chicken

Tympanuchus cupido
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Endangered

Image of a least tern

Least Tern

Sternula antillarum
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Endangered

Photo of a northern harrier in flight, viewed from side

Northern Harrier

Circus cyaneus
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Endangered

Closeup photo of head of peregrine falcon

Peregrine Falcon

Falco peregrinus
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Endangered

Fishes

Color illustration of Central Mudminnow

Central Mudminnow

Umbra limi
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Endangered

Color illustration of Crystal Darter

Crystal Darter

Crystallaria asprella
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Endangered

Color illustration of Cypress Minnow

Cypress Minnow

Hybognathus hayi
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Endangered

Color illustration of Flathead Chub

Flathead Chub

Platygobio gracilis
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Endangered

Goldstripe Darter

Etheostoma parvipinne
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Endangered

Illustration of a grotto sculpin, side view.

Grotto Sculpin

Cottus specus
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Endangered

Color illustration of Harlequin Darter-Male

Harlequin Darter

Etheostoma histrio
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Endangered

Lake sturgeon illustration

Lake Sturgeon

Acipenser fulvescens
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Endangered

Longnose Darter

Percina nasuta
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Endangered

Color illustration of Mountain Madtom

Mountain Madtom

Noturus eleutherus
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Endangered

Neosho Madtom

Neosho Madtom

Noturus placidus
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Endangered

Illustration of a Niangua darter

Niangua Darter

Etheostoma nianguae
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Endangered

Image of a southern cave fish

Ozark Cavefish

Amblyopsis rosae
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Endangered

Illustration of a pallid sturgeon

Pallid Sturgeon

Scaphirhynchus albus
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Endangered

Illustration of a redfin darter male in breeding colors.

Redfin Darter

Etheostoma whipplei
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Endangered

Sabine Shiner

Notropis sabinae
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Endangered

Color illustration of spring cavefish, an endangered species

Spring Cavefish

Forbesichthys agassizi
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Endangered

Color illustration of Swamp Darter

Swamp Darter

Etheostoma fusiforme
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Endangered

Color illustration of Taillight Shiner

Taillight Shiner

Notropis maculatus
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Endangered

Illustration of a Topeka shiner male in breeding colors.

Topeka Shiner

Notropis topeka
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Endangered

Land Invertebrates

American burying beetle

American Burying Beetle

Nicrophorus americanus
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Endangered

Mammals

Image of a spotted skunk

Eastern Spotted Skunk

Spilogale putorius
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Endangered

Photo of four gray myotises clinging to a cave ceiling.

Gray Myotis (Gray Bat)

Myotis grisescens
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Endangered

Collared, grayish-tan wolf in open field

Gray Wolf

Canis lupus
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Endangered

Photo of an Indiana myotis hanging from a cave ceiling.

Indiana Myotis (Indiana Bat)

Myotis sodalis
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Endangered

Reptiles and Amphibians

Image of a blanding's turtle

Blanding’s Turtle

Emydoidea blandingii
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Endangered

hellbender, a large brown salamander resting in gravelly streambed

Hellbender

Cryptobranchus alleganiensis
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Endangered

Image of a Mississippi green watersnake

Mississippi Green Watersnake

Nerodia cyclopion
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Endangered

Image of a massasauga

Prairie Massasauga

Sistrurus tergeminus tergeminus
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Venomous

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Endangered

Western Chicken Turtle

Deirochelys reticularia miaria
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Endangered

Photo of a yellow mud turtle.

Yellow Mud Turtle

Kinosternon flavescens flavescens
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Endangered

Trees, Shrubs and Woody Vines

Illustration of pondberry leaves, flowers, fruits.

Pondberry

Lindera melissifolia
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Endangered

Wildflowers, Grasses and Other Nonwoody Plants

Photo of several decurrent false asters in bloom

Decurrent False Aster

Boltonia decurrens
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Endangered

Photo of a geocarpon plant showing stems and foliage

Geocarpon (Earth Fruit; Tiny Tim)

Geocarpon minimum
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Endangered

Photo of Mead's milkweed flower cluster and upper stem leaves

Mead’s Milkweed

Asclepias meadii
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Endangered

Photo of Missouri bladderpod flowers

Missouri Bladderpod

Physaria filiformis (formerly Lesquerella filiformis)
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Endangered

Image of running buffalo clover

Running Buffalo Clover

Trifolium stoloniferum
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Endangered

Photo of a western prairie fringed orchid plant with flowers

Western Prairie Fringed Orchid

Platanthera praeclara
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Endangered