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. Approximately 50 species of rarely seen invertebrates were identified for the British Columbia Conservation Data Centre (CDC). 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’s seas. They occur in a variety of habitats ranging from intertidal lagoons to the depths of fjords, to offshore hydrothermal vents. Amateur naturalists and divers, as well as specialists, have played a role in identifying habitats where some of these animals occur.
Austin, William C.. 1999. Rare and Endangered Marine Invertebrates in British Columbia (in Proc. Conference Biology & Management of Species and Habitats at Risk). Ministry of Environment, Lands and Parks; University College of the Cariboo. Proceedings - Conference Biology & Management