Featured Species

South Dakota is one of the states where eastern and western species meet and overlap.  Black-footed ferrets live on prairie dog towns.  Many birds migrate along the Missouri River.  The prairie grasslands are important to upland birds (i.e. prairie chickens and sharp-tailed grouse), pollinators (i.e. monarchs and regal fritillaries), and other species.

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Listed Species Found in South Dakota:

Black-footed Ferret (Mustela nigripes) - Endangered, Experimental 
Northern Long-eared Bat (Myotis septentrionalis) - Endangered
Gray Wolf – (Canis lupus) - Endangered
Piping Plover (Charadrius melodus) - Threatened
Whooping Crane  (Grus americana) - Endangered
Rufa Red Knot (Calidris canutus rufa) - Threatened
Eskimo Curlew (Numenius borealis) - Endangered
Pallid Sturgeon (Scaphirhynchus albus) - Endangered
Topeka Shiner (Notropis topeka (=tristis)) - Endangered
Western Prairie Fringed Orchid (Platanthera praeclara) - threatened
Leedy's Roseroot (Rhodiola integrifolia ssp. leedyi) - Threatened
American Burying Beetle (Nicrophorus americanus) - Threatened
Dakota Skipper (Hesperia dacotae) - Threatened
Poweshiek Skipperling (Oarisma poweshiek) - Endangered
Rusty-patched Bumblebee (Bombus affinis) - Endangered
Scaleshell Mussel  (Leptodea leptodon) * - Endangered
Higgins Eye Pearlymussel  Lampsilis higginsii) * - Endangered

Tricolored Bat (Perimyotis subflavus) - Proposed Endangered
Monarch Butterfly (Danius plexippus) - Candidate Species

Non-listed Species Information:

Black-tailed Prairie Dog (Cynomys ludovicianus)
Swift Fox (Vulpes velox)
Prairie Gray Fox (Urocyon cinereoargenteus ssp. ocythous)
Plains Spotted Skunk (Spilogale putorius interrupta)
Bald Eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus)
Mountain Plover (Charadrius montanus)
Black Hills American Dipper (Cinclus mexicanus)
Interior Least Tern (Sterna antillarum)
Blanding’s Turtle (Emydoidea blandingii)
Black Hills Mountainsnail (Oreohelix cooperi)
Regal Fritillary (Argynnis (sub genus Speyeria) idalia ssp occidentalis)
Yellow-banded Bumblebee (Bombus terricola)
American Bumblebee (Bombus pensylvanicus)
Western Bumblebee (Bombus occidentalis)
Variable Cuckoo Bumblebee (Bombus variabilis)
Suckley’s Cuckoo Bumblebee (Bombus suckleyi)
Southern Plains Bumblebee (Bombus fraternus)
* Shells of these species have been found, but no populations have been located.
Shovelnose sturgeon (Scaphirhynchus platorynchus) have been listed as threatened due to similarity of appearance to the endangered pallid sturgeon. This rule extends take prohibitions to shovelnose sturgeon, shovelnose-pallid sturgeon hybrids, and their roe when associated with a commercial fishing activity in areas where pallid sturgeon and shovelnose sturgeon commonly coexist. This designation of similarity of appearance does not extend any other protections of the Act, such as the requirements to designate critical habitat, the recovery planning provisions or consultation requirements for Federal agencies under section 7.