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Database for wildlife diversity in British Columbia: distribution and habitat use of amphibians, reptiles, birds, and mammals in Biogeoclimatic Zones

Author(s) or contact(s): V. Stevens
Source: Research Branch
Subject: Wildlife
Series: Working Paper
Other details:  Published 1995. Hardcopy is available.


This document is a companion to "Wildlife Diversity in British Columbia: Distribution and Habitat Use of Amphibians, Reptiles, Birds, and Mammals in Biogeoclimatic Zones." It contains the database on disk that forms the basis for this working paper and a brief description of methods and resources used to compile the database.

Two levels of information are provided. At the first level, a complete list of the 560 species in British Columbia, plus the subspecies and populations at risk, is presented, which shows their presence or absence in each of eight zonal groups (File name: BCSPP.DBF). In addition, the species, subspecies, and populations in each zonal group are listed along with their presence or absence, and a rough measure of seasonal abundance in each wildlife subzone group (*SP.DBF). At the second level, the species designated at risk (B.C. Ministry of Environment red-and blue-listed species) and those with regionally significant habitat relationships (Stevens 1993) are examined (*LST.DBF or *LIST.DBF).

The total species list presented here differs from Cannings and Harcombe’s (1990) in three respects. First, two species (European Wall Lizard and Sprague’s Pipit) were added because of their recent arrival or discovery. Second, species that are extinct, extirpated, only found in unprotected offshore waters, or have not been seen more than twice in the last 50 years are not included in this report. This eliminates 72 species for a total of 560. The deleted species are listed in the file BCDEL.DBF. The third difference is that the subspecies or population level for several species is examined separately. In all these cases, species are included at the subspecies or population level because of their appearance on the red or blue lists (Munro 1993).

Keywords: Amphibians, Reptiles, Birds, and Mammals.

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