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Massasauga (Sistrurus catenatus)

COSEWIC

Assessment and Update Status Report

on the 

Massasauga

Sistrurus catenatus

in Canada

Massasauga

text:THREATENED 2002


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COSEWIC status reports are working documents used in assigning the status of wildlife species suspected of being at risk.  This report may be cited as follows:

Please note: Persons wishing to cite data in the report should refer to the report (and cite the author(s)); persons wishing to cite the COSEWIC status will refer to the assessment (and cite COSEWIC).  A production note will be provided if additional information on the status report history is required.

COSEWIC 2002.  COSEWIC assessment and update status report on the massasauga Sistrurus catenatus in Canada.  Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada.  Ottawa.  viI + 23 pp.

Rouse, J.D., and R.J. Willson.  2002.  Update COSEWIC status report on the massasauga Sistrurus catenatus in Canada,in COSEWIC assessment and update status report on the massasauga Sistrurus catenatus in Canada.  Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada.  Ottawa.  1‑23 pp.

Previous Report:

Weller, W.F. and H.J. Parsons.  1991.  COSEWIC status report on the eastern massasauga Sistrurus catenatuscatenatus in Canada.  Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada.  Ottawa.  53  pp.

Production note:

Massasauga Sistrurus catenatus was formerly listed by COSEWIC as eastern massasauga Sistrurus catenatus catenatus. The currently recognized name of this species isSistrurus catenatus, the massasauga (Crother et al. 2000).  Massasaugas in Canada are of the subspecies S. c. catenatus (the eastern massasauga), which also occurs in several U.S. states.  For the purposes of this COSEWIC report, the Canadian subspecies, the eastern massasauga, may be considered synonymous with S. catenatus, the Massasauga (Crother et al. 2000).

 

For additional copies contact:

COSEWIC Secretariat

c/o Canadian Wildlife Service

Environment Canada

Ottawa, ON

K1A 0H3

Tel.: (819) 997-4991 / (819) 953-3215

Fax: (819) 994-3684

E-mail: COSEWIC/COSEPAC@ec.gc.ca

http://www.cosewic.gc.ca

Également disponible en français sous le titre Évaluation et Rapport de situation du COSEPAC sur le massasauga (Sistrurus catenatus) au Canada – Mise à jour.

Cover illustration:

Massasauga -- Pencil sketch by Sarah Ingwersen, Aurora, ON.

©Minister of Public Works and Government Services Canada 2002.

Catalogue No. CW69-14/229-2002E-IN

ISBN 0-662-32916-3

 
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