The Pacific Giant Salamander is a large salamander that can grow up to 30 cm in length. This marbled golden brown salamander is the only member of the family dicamptodontidae that occurs in Canada. The species' range extends from extreme southwestern British Columbia through western Washington and Oregon to northwestern California. In Canada, the species is largely restricted to the Chilliwack River drainage in British Columbia. Because of the species' restricted Canadian distribution and threats to its habitat from forestry, urban developments, road building, and other human activities, COSEWIC) reassessed the national status changing it from Special Concern to Threatened in 2000. The species is on the provincial Red list in BC and is listed as Threatened under Schedule 1 of the federal Species at Risk Act (SARA). As well, the Conservation Framework has assigned Pacific Giant Salamanders a conservation priority 1, the highest priority rank under Goal 3: Maintain the diversity of native species and ecosystems. The Pacific Giant Salamander has a complex life history, which includes an aquatic and a terrestrial phase. The habitat needs of all life stages must be met for populations to persist. The recovery goal is to ensure a well-connected, viable, and self-sustaining population of the Pacific (= Coastal) Giant Salamander within secure habitat throughout its known range in Canada where habitat still exists or can be restored.
Pacific Giant Salamander Recovery Team. 2010. Recovery Strategy for the Pacific Giant Salamander (Dicamptodon tenebrosus) in British Columbia. Ministry of Environment. BC Recovery Strategy (Species at Risk)
Topic: Recovery Planning
Keywords: bc, amphibian, recovery plan, SARA, COSEWIC, coastal giant salamander, species at risk, species recovery, recovery planning
Scientific Name: Dicamptodon tenebrosus
English Name: Coastal Giant Salamander
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