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Because of language in the Oregon Natural Heritage Act, the Oregon Biodiversity Information Center (ORBIC) is the state agency responsible for rare and endangered invertebrates in Oregon. As such, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) has granted the program limited authority to administer and manage a program for federally threatened and endangered invertebrate species, as provided under Section 6 of the US Federal Endangered Species Act.
ORBIC has three objectives for the rare and endangered invertebrate program:
The list of invertebrate species in the book Rare, Threatened and Endangered Species of Oregon reflects our current understanding of the status of the rare invertebrates in Oregon. The list, however, represents only a fraction of the diversity of invertebrate species found in Oregon, and is generally biased towards groups that have been well studied (e.g. caddisflies, butterflies, mollusks), and is lacking for groups of other species that are poorly known. In cooperation with federal agencies and Universities, we are hopeful that our continued efforts and partnerships will continue to build upon our current knowledge of rare invertebrate species in Oregon.
You can download a spreadsheet of the invertebrate list or view the PDF of our current and archived RTE books at our Rare Species page.