Pinnacles National Park Sensitive Species

While all native wildlife species at Pinnacles National park are protected, some warrant special attention. In many cases they have been listed by other agencies as Endangered, Threatened, or Species of Special Concern. Species endemic to the Pinnacles area are also listed here because even though they may not currently be in trouble, much of their known range falls within our boundaries.

Common Name Scientific Name Status Insects Pinnacles shield-back katydid Idiostatus kathleenae 3 Pinnacles riffle beetle Optioservus canus 3 Fish Sacramento Perch Archoplites interruptus CSC2 Amphibians Gabilan slender salamander Batrachoseps gavilanensis 3 California tiger salamander Ambystoma californiense CSC1 Western spadefoot Spea hammondii CSC 2 California red-legged frog Rana aurora draytonii FT Foothill yellow-legged frog Rana boylii CSC2 Reptiles Southwestern pond turtle Clemmys marmorata pallida CSC California horned lizard Phrynosoma coronatum frontale CSC Silvery legless lizard Anniella pulchra pulchra CSC San Joaquin coachwhip Masticophis flagellum ruddocki CSC Two-striped garter snake Thamnophis hammondii CSC 2 Birds California condor Gymnogyps californicus SE/FE 2 Cooper's hawk Accipiter cooperi CSC Sharp-shinned hawk Accipiter straitus CSC Golden eagle Aquila chrysaetos CSC White-tailed kite Elanus leucurus CSC Prairie falcon Falco mexicanus CSC Peregrine falcon Falco peregrinus 2 Long-eared owl Asio otus CSC Yellow-breasted chat Icteria virens CSC Mammals Pallid bat Antrozous pallidus CSC Townsend's big-eared bat Corynorhinus t. townsendii CSC Western mastiff bat Eumops perotis californicus CSC Big-eared kangaroo rat Dipodomys elephantinus CSC* American badger Taxidea taxus CSC


CSC =California Species of Special Concern

F = Federal

S = State

E =Endangered

T = Threatened

  • = Category 1 and 2 species before revoked in 1996

1 = occurs around PINN and has habitat within PINN, but has not been confirmed

2 = historically occurred in PINN, but is believed to be locally extirpated

3 = endemic to Pinnacles and surrounding areas

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