RARE AND ENDANGERED
MARINE INVERTEBRATES IN BRITISH COLUMBIA
WILLIAM C. AUSTIN,
Marine Ecology Centre & Khoyatan Marine Laboratory
Most of our knowledge
and focus on rare and endangered species in British
Columbia is on the large furry or feathery animals and
on leafy plants.
We are just beginning
to recognize that some local marine invertebrates and
seaweeds may be at risk.
species of rarely seen invertebrates were identified for
the British Columbia Conservation Data Centre. Some of
these are at the edge of their range or in special
habitats in British Columbia, and are common elsewhere.
Others are known from only 1 or 2 sites in the Province
and are rare or apparently absent in other parts of the
world seas. They occur in a variety of habitats ranging
from intertidal lagoons, to the depths of our fjords,
and beyond to the offshore hydrothermal vents.
The images included
here were shown in an oral presentation of this paper at
The Biology and Management of Species and Habitats at
Risk Conference in Kamloops, BC. February 15-19,
1999. These images may be used to supplement the written
version of this presention pp. 57-66 in: Darling, L.M.
(ed.). 2000. At Risk: Proceedings of a Conference on the
Biology and Management of Species and Habitats At Risk.
University College of the Cariboo, Kamloops, BC. and
Ministry of ENvironment, Lands and Parks.
Please note that this
is an initial working list of apparently rare
species in British Columbia. Some may turn out to be
more common than we thought. Certainly a number of other
species could have been selected based on rarity of
recorded occurrences. We welcome your contributions.
to see the table listing all the species, their common
names, records of occurrences and notes [larger images
and descriptions can be
accessed by clicking on names in the table]