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NATURAL HERITAGE INFORMATION CENTRE
Dedicated to Protecting Ontario's Biodiversity
13 May 1998
Dear Mr. Barber:
In response to your fax of 8 May, the Natural Heritage League is now defunct. They were an amalgamation of Ontario conservation groups, and although most of the groups still exist (e.g. FON, Sierra Club, WWF, etc.), the league does not.
The NHIC does not have a crayfish list (although all Ontario species are included in our database), but I am enclosing some information on Fallicambarus fodiens from our Element Tracking file and several references (Crocker & Barr 1968, Guiasu et al. 1996, Hamr 1998). At present we have it ranked S4 in Ontario and do not track it. Although Hamr (1998) does suggest that the species is "threatened" in Canada, it currently has no official COSEWIC or MNR status. Guiasu et al. (1996) state that there are "93 collection records, scattered broadly across southwestern Ontario, covering an area of approximately 25,000 km , which suggests that at present it is not an extremely rare animal in the province.
Should you have further questions about invertebrates they should be directed to our zoologist, Don Sutherland (705-755-2161), whose responsibilities Ministry of include all animals except amphibians and reptiles.
Sincerely - Mike Oldham, NHIC Botanist/Herpetologist
c.c. Don Sutherland
NHIC Element Report
SCIENTIFIC NAME: Fallicambarus
NOTES: The common burrowing crayfish of southern Ontario; restricted to the southwestern counties, south and west of northern Durham R.M., York R.M., and southern Slimcoe Co.
FAMILY #: 115
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