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Federally-Listed Threatened, Endangered, Proposed, and Candidate Species' County Distribution

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For more information about threatened and endangered species in Ohio, contact the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service office at 4625 Morse Road, Suite 104, Columbus, Ohio 43230 (614-416-8993)


Bald Eagle

Bald eagles are no longer protected under the federal Endangered Species Act and Section 7 consultation with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is no longer necessary. However, bald eagles remain protected under the Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act. To help landowners, land managers, and others meet the intent of the Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act, guidelines on how to avoid disturbing nesting bald eagles are available.


List revised August 8, 2017


Species Status Counties Habitat


Indiana bat
(Myotis sodalis)


All counties in Ohio

Hibernacula = Caves and mines;
Maternity and foraging habitat = small stream corridors with well developed riparian woods; upland forests

Northern long-eared bat

Myotis septentrionalis



Hibernates in caves and mines - swarming in surrounding wooded areas in autumn. During late spring and summer roosts and forages in upland forests.


Kirtland's warbler

(Dendroica kirtlandii)


Ashtabula, Cuyahoga, Erie, Lake, Lorain, Lucas, Ottawa, Sandusky

Kirtland's warblers are known to migrate along the Lake Erie shoreline through Ohio in late April-May and late August-early October.

Piping plover
(Charadrius melodus)


Ashtabula, Cuyahoga, Erie, Lake, Lorain, Lucas, Ottawa, Sandusky

Beaches along shorelines of the Great Lakes

Piping plover
(Charadrius melodus)

Critical Habitat Designated

Erie, Lake


Red Knot (Rufa)

Calidris canutus rufa


Ashtabula, Cuyahoga, Erie, Lake, Lorain, Lucas, Ottawa, and Sandusky

Present in Ohio during spring and fall migration


Lake Erie water snake
(Nerodia sipedon insularum)

Delisted August 2011

Erie, Ottawa

Shorelines of islands in western Lake Erie

Copperbelly water snake
(Nerodia erythrogaster


Defiance, Hardin, Williams

Wooded and permanently wet areas such as oxbows, sloughs, brushy ditches and floodplain woods

Eastern massasauga
(Sistrurus catenatus)


Ashtabula, Butler, Champaign, Clark, Clinton, Columbiana, Crawford, Erie, Fairfield, Fayette, Greene, Hardin, Holmes, Huron, Lake, Licking, Logan, Lucas, Mahoning, Marion, Montgomery, Ottawa, Perry, Portage, Preble, Richland, Sandusky, Stark, Summit, Trumbull, Warren, Wayne, Wyandot



Scioto madtom
(Noturus trautmani)


Franklin, Madison, Pickaway, Union

Stream riffles of moderate flow over sandy gravel bottom


(Pleurobema clava)


Ashtabula, Coshocton, Defiance, Franklin, Greene, Hancock, Hardin, Madison, Pickaway, Pike, Ross, Scioto, Trumbull, Union, Williams

Found in coarse sand and gravel areas of runs and riffles within streams and small rivers

(Cyprogenia stegaria)
(=C. irrorata)


Adams, Athens, Brown, Clermont, Coshocton, Gallia, Hamilton, Lawrence, Meigs, Morgan, Muskingum, Scioto, Washington

Found in areas of packed sand and gravel at locations in a good current

Northern riffleshell
(Epioblasma torulosa


Defiance, Franklin, Madison, Pickaway, Pike, Ross, Scioto, Union, Williams

Large streams and small rivers in firm sand of riffle areas; also occurs in Lake Erie

Pink mucket pearlymussel
(Lampsilis abrupta)


Adams, Athens, Brown, Clermont, Gallia, Hamilton, Lawrence, Meigs, Morgan, Scioto, Washington

The lower Ohio River and its larger tributaries

Purple cat's paw pearlymussel
(Epioblasma obliquata



Gravel riffles of medium to large rivers


Quadrula cylindrica cylindrica


Coshocton, Delaware, Franklin, Madison, Muskingum, Pickaway, Union, and Williams

Fish Creek, Ohio River, Muskingum River, Walhonding River, Big Darby Creek, Little Darby Creek


Quadrula cylindrica cylindrica

Critical Habitat

Coshocton, Madison, Union, and Williams

Maps of critical habitat in Ohio

Fish Creek, Little Darby Creek, and Walhonding River

Rayed bean
(Villosa fabalis)


1Adams, Brown, Butler, Clark, Clermont, Coshocton, Darke, Defiance, Delaware, Franklin, Fulton, Greene, Hamilton, Hancock, Hardin, Logan, Lucas, Madison, Marion, Miami, Montgomery, Pickaway, Pike, Ross, Scioto, Shelby, Union, Warren, Williams Wyandot

Smaller, headwater creeks, but they are sometimes found in large rivers, and Lake Erie

(Plethobasus cyphus)


Adams, Athens, Brown, Clermont, Coshocton, Gallia, Hamilton, Lawrence, Meigs, Morgan, Muskingum, Scioto, Washington

Shallow areas in larger rivers and streams

(Epioblasma triquetra)


Adams, Ashtabula, Athens, Brown, Clermont, Coshocton, Delaware, Franklin, Gallia, Greene, Hamilton, Lake, Lawrence, Madison, Meigs, Miami, Montgomery, Morgan, Muskingum, Pickaway, Ross, Scioto, Union, Washington

Small to medium-sized creeks in areas with a swift current and some larger rivers, and Lake Erie

White cat's paw pearlymussel
(Epioblasma obliquata perobliqua )


Defiance, Williams

Firm sand or gravel riffles in small streams and medium to large rivers


American burying beetle
(Nicrophorus americanus)


Athens, Hocking, Morgan, Perry, Vinton

Mitchell's satyr
(Neonympha mitchellii mitchellii)



Fens; wetlands characterized by calcareous soils which are fed by carbonate-rich water from seeps and springs

Karner blue butterfly
(Lycaeides melissa samuelis)



Pine barrens and oak savannas on sandy soils and containing wild lupines (Lupinus perennis), the only known food plant of the larvae


Eastern prairie fringed

(Platanthera leucophaea)


Clark, Holmes, Lucas, Ottawa, Sandusky, Wayne

Mesic to wet prairies and meadows

Lakeside daisy
(Hymenoxys herbacea
(Formerly H. acaulis
var. glabra


Erie, Ottawa

Dry rocky prairies; limestone rock surfaces including outcrops and quarries

Northern monkshood
(Aconitum noveboracense)


Hocking, Portage, Summit

Cool, moist, shaded cliff faces or talus slopes in wooded ravines, near water seeps

Running buffalo clover
(Trifolium stoloniferum)


Adams, Athens, Belmont, Brown, Butler, Clermont, Delaware, Fairfield, Franklin, Galia, Highland, Hamilton, Hocking, Jackson, Lawrence, Meigs, Pickaway, Pike, Ross, Scioto, Vinton, Warren

Disturbed bottomland meadows; disturbed sites that have shade during part of each day

Virginia spiraea
(Spirea virginiana)



Stream banks and floodplains

Small whorled pogonia
(Isotria medeoloides)


Hocking, Scioto

Dry woodland; upland sites in mixed forests (second or third growth stage)


1Rational for addition of counties for rayed bean: These counties have been included for the rayed bean based upon current and historical occurrence data. Since 2004, three extant rayed bean populations have been discovered in Ohio streams. Two of these three populations were thought to be extirpated prior to the discoveries and the third population was not known from historical data. Therefore, we feel it is prudent to make our list of counties where the rayed bean may be present reflective of a conservative approach to section 7 consultation under the Endangered Species Act. The rayed bean should be considered potential present in any county on our list where suitable habitat occurs.


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