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SWAP Species List

About This Site

The Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies has identified the need to compile information from the State Wildlife Action Plans in a comparable way to facilitate coordination and collaboration of conservation action between states and across regions and the country. The National Biological Information Infrastructure has built a framework to compile the Species of Greatest Conservation Need from the State Wildlife Action Plans submitted by each state and territory in the United States. A process that included extracting species names from the SWAPs, developing computer generated comparisons, and consulting with taxonomic authorities has resulted in a list of species for each state that will allow comparisons and summaries between states to occur.

In undergoing this process, we understand that the state agencies are already completing revisions of their SWAPs, which will introduce differences from the reported information that was used to develop this tool. We kindly ask for your feedback on your state's SGCN list and any other comments or recommendations regarding the information presented here. Please coordinate your feedback through your State Wildlife Action Plan coordinators, and they can contact either Jean Freeney [jfreeney@usgs.gov, 865.576.7044] or Andrea Ostroff [aostroff@usgs.gov, 703.648.4070] with feedback for your state.

SGCN Lists By State



Total Species:
Map View Scientific Name Common Name Taxonomic Category States State Count
Map View Scientific Name Common Name Taxonomic Category States State Count
Names Changed:
Scientific Name in Puerto Rico Plan Altered Scientific Name Common Name Change Justification
Original Scientific Name Altered Scientific Name Common Name Change Justification
In order to visualize commonalities among species reported in the State Wildlife Action Plans nationally, a compiled list of unique scientific names needed to be created from all of the states. Varied approaches to the development of the State Wildlife Action Plans somewhat limits the ability to compile a fully comprehensive national list. Therefore, there are conditions (ex. population designations, etc.) in which state-reported species could not be represented in the national SGCN list, and the summary will reflect a difference in the total number of species for those states. For Puerto Rico, they are accounted for in the table below. An empty table indicates all records are represented in the national SGCN list.
Scientific Name Common Name Taxa Reason for Omission from National List
Scientific Name Common Name Taxa Reason for Omission from National List


This data discovery and access utility has been developed by the USGS BIP Program to analyze open source data.