Status Reviews of Candidate Species

large-flowered fiddleneck plant

State and Federally Endangered Large-Flowered Fiddleneck (Amsinckia grandiflora)

California tiger salamander adult

State and Federally Threatened California Tiger Salamander (Ambystoma californiense)

Tricolored black bird

State Threatened Tricolored Blackbird (Agelaius tricolor)

Swainson's Hawk

State Threatened Swainson's Hawk (Buteo swainsoni)

Blennosperma nanum

State Rare Point Reyes Blennosperma (Blennosperma nanum var. robustum)

Giant Garter Snake

State and Federally Threatened Giant Garter Snake (Thamnophis gigas)

As part of the CESA listing process, CDFW must prepare status reviews for plants and animals designated as candidates by the California Fish and Game Commission(opens in new tab) (Commission). These status reviews must be based on the best scientific information available to CDFW, must be scientifically peer-reviewed, and must include a recommendation to the Commission on whether listing is warranted. The table below includes links to status reviews that have recently been completed by CDFW, and the Commission’s final determinations related to those species (if applicable). For more information on the CESA listing process and the Commission’s related proceedings, see the Commission’s page on Petitions to List Species Under the California Endangered Species Act(opens in new tab). For a current list of species that are listed under CESA, please see the Threatened or Endangered Plant Species List (PDF)(opens in new tab) and the Threatened or Endangered Animal Species List (PDF)(opens in new tab).

Table of Recently Completed Status Reviews of Candidate Species
Taxon Common Name (Scientific Name) Date of Review Fish and Game Commission Determination
Mojave Desert Tortoise (Gopherus agassizii) (PDF)(opens in new tab) February 2024 Determination Pending
Southern California Steelhead Rainbow Trout (Oncorhynchus mykiss) (PDF)(opens in new tab) February 2024 Determination Pending
Inyo Rock Daisy (Perityle inyoensis synonym Laphamia inyoensis) (PDF)(opens in new tab) August 2023 Threatened
Lime Ridge Eriastrum (Eriastrum ertterae) (PDF)(opens in new tab) August 2023 Endangered
Western Joshua Tree (Yucca brevifolia) (PDF)(opens in new tab) March 2022 Determination Pending
Milo Baker's Lupine (Lupinus milo-bakeri) (PDF)(opens in new tab) February 2022
Endangered
San Bernardino Kangaroo Rat (Dipodomys merriami parvus) (PDF)(opens in new tab) November 2021 Endangered
Shasta Snow-wreath (Neviusia cliftonii) (PDF)(opens in new tab) November 2021 Threatened
Pacific Leatherback Sea Turtle (Dermochelys coriacea) (PDF)(opens in new tab) July 2021 Endangered
Clara Hunt's Milkvetch (Astragalus claranus) (PDF)(opens in new tab) March 2021 Endangered
Northern California Summer Steelhead (Oncorhynchus mykiss) (PDF)(opens in new tab) March 2021 Endangered
Upper Klamath-Trinity River Spring Chinook Salmon (Oncorhynchus tshawytscha) (PDF)(opens in new tab) December 2020 Threatened
Foothill Yellow-legged Frog (Rana boylii) (PDF)(opens in new tab) September 2019 Endangered (3 clades), Threatened (2 clades), Not Warranted (1 clade)
Humboldt Marten (Martes caurina humboldtensis) (PDF)(opens in new tab) June 2018 Endangered
Tricolored Blackbird (Agelaius tricolor) (PDF)(opens in new tab) February 2018 Threatened
Lassics Lupine (Lupinus constancei) (PDF)(opens in new tab) January 2018 Endangered
Coast Yellow Leptosiphon (Leptosiphon croceus) (PDF)(opens in new tab) December 2017 Endangered
 Townsend's Big-eared Bat (Corynorhinus townsendii) (PDF)(opens in new tab) June 2016 Not Warranted
Northern Spotted Owl (Strix occidentalis caurina) (PDF)(opens in new tab) January 2016 Threatened
Fisher (Pekania pennanti) (PDF)(opens in new tab) May 2015 Threatened (southern ESU), Not Warranted (northern ESU)