Gaspé shrew (Sorex gaspensis) COSEWIC assessment and status report: chapter 10

Existing Protection or Other Status Designations

In Canada, S. gaspensis has been designated as a species of Special Concern by COSEWIC in April 1988. The species is currently on Schedule 3 of the Canadian Species at Risk Act (Statutes of Canada 2002). In Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and Quebec, neither S. gaspensis nor S. dispar is listed under provincial Endangered Species Acts. However,Quebec lists S. gaspensisas “susceptible d'être désigné espèce menacée ou vulnérable”.

According to NatureServe, the global status of S. gaspensis is G3 (vulnerable to extirpation or extinction, assessed 1 November 1996). In New Brunswick, S. gaspensis is listed as S1 (extremely rare throughout its range in the province with typically five or fewer occurrences or very few remaining individuals) and in Nova Scotia as S2 (rare throughout its range in the province [6 to 20 occurrences or few remaining individuals] and may be vulnerable to extirpation due to rarity or other factors). It is listed as S1 in Quebec.

S. dispar is listed globally and within the United States, as G4 (apparently secure) by NatureServe (NatureServe 2004, assessed 1 November 1996). However in Canada, NatureServe lists this species as N1N2 (imperilled-critically imperilled, assessed 8 February 2000). Its provincial status has not been assessed in Quebec. However, in Nova Scotia and New Brunswick it has been ranked as S1, although this designation is uncertain in New Brunswick.

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