Threatened Species List

A species or ecological community is threatened if it is likely to become extinct in the foreseeable future. A process is threatening if it has the potential to threaten the survival of a species or community in the ACT region.

The Nature Conservation Act 2014 establishes a formal process for the identification and protection of threatened species and ecological communities.

It requires the Scientific Committee to advise the Minister of: native species and ecological communities that are threatened in the ACT; and ecologically significant threatening processes and recommend that they be listed accordingly. A species may be listed in a national category as Extinct, Extinct in the Wild, Critically Endangered, Endangered, Vulnerable, Conservation Dependent or listed in a regional category as Regionally Threatened, Regionally Conservation Dependent or Provisional, as an indication of the degree of threat to its continued existence. An ecological community may be listed as Collapsed, Critically Endangered, Endangered, Vulnerable or Provisional. A process may be listed as a key threatening process. Listing is formal recognition of a conservation threat.

The species and ecological communities listed in the table below are listed in accordance with the provisions of the Nature Conservation Act. No threatening processes are listed to date.

The formal listing of these species is published in Notifiable Instrument NI2016-265 on the ACT legislation register. The formal listing of threatened ecological communities is published in Notifiable Instrument NI2015-437 on the ACT legislation register.

Common name

Scientific name

Declared status

A subalpine herb

Gentiana baeuerlenii

endangered

Brindabella Midge Orchid

Corunastylis ectopa

endangered

Brown Treecreeper

Climacteris picumnus

vulnerable

Brush-tailed Rock-wallaby

Petrogale penicillata

endangered

Button Wrinklewort

Rutidosis leptorrynchoides

endangered

Canberra Spider Orchid

Arachnorchis actensis

endangered

Grassland Earless Dragon

Tympanocryptis pinguicolla

endangered

Ginninderra Peppercress

Lepidium ginninderrense

endangered

Glossy Black-cockatoo

Calyptorhynchus lathami

vulnerable

Golden Sun Moth

Synemon plana

endangered

Hooded Robin

Melanodryas cucullata

vulnerable

Little Eagle

Hieraaetus morphnoides

vulnerable

Macquarie Perch

Macquaria australasica

endangered

Murray River Crayfish

Euastacus armatus

vulnerable

Murrumbidgee bossiaea

Bossiaea grayi

endangered

Natural Temperate Grassland

An ecological community

endangered

Northern Corroboree Frog

Pseudophryne pengilleyi

endangered

Painted Honeyeater

Grantiella picta

vulnerable

Perunga Grasshopper

Perunga ochracea

vulnerable

Pink-tailed Worm Lizard

Aprasia parapulchella

vulnerable

Regent Honeyeater

Anthochaera phrygia

endangered

Scarlet Robin

Petroica boodang

vulnerable

Silver Perch

Bidyanus bidyanus

endangered

Small Purple Pea

Swainsona recta

endangered

Smoky Mouse

Pseudomys fumeus

endangered

Spotted-tailed Quoll

Dasyurus maculatus

vulnerable

Superb Parrot

Polytelis swainsonii

vulnerable

Striped Legless Lizard

Delma impar

vulnerable

Swift Parrot

Lathamus discolor

vulnerable

Tarengo leek orchid

Prasophyllum petilum

endangered

Trout Cod

Maccullochella macquariensis

endangered

Tuggeranong Lignum

Muehlenbeckia tuggeranong

endangered

Two-spined Blackfish

Gadopsis bispinosus

vulnerable

Varied Sittella

Daphoenositta chrysoptera

vulnerable

White-winged Triller

Lalage sueurii

vulnerable

Yellow Box/Red Gum Grassy Woodland

An ecological community

endangered

Any person or organisation may make a nomination to the ACT Scientific Committee requesting that the Committee recommend the listing of a species, ecological community or threatening process. The criteria for listing threatened species and communities are based on the equivalent IUCN criteria and are published in these disallowable instruments:

DI2016-254 - Threatened Native Species Eligibility Criteria

DI2016-255 - Threatened Ecological Communities Eligibility Criteria

DI2016-256 - Key Threatening Processes Eligibility Criteria

A Conservation Advice is prepared at the time of listing for each newly listed species. The Minister decides if a management response to each listing, by way of an action plan, is required to be prepared by the Conservator of Flora and Fauna. A draft of each action plan must be released for public comment. A summary of each final action plan and the Conservation Advice is available as a Threatened Species Factsheet. The Conservator must provide a report on the monitoring of the effectiveness of action plans at least every 5 years. The Scientific Committee must review an action plan every 10 years after the plan commences.

If you would like further information about making a nomination:

Phone:         Access Canberra on 13 22 81

Email:          ScientificCommittee@act.gov.au

Write to:       Secretariat - ACT Scientific Committee
Environment Planning and Sustainable Development Directorate
GPO Box 158, Canberra, ACT 2601