Species Profile

Carey’s Small Limestone Moss

Scientific Name: Seligeria careyana
Taxonomy Group: Mosses
COSEWIC Range: British Columbia
COSEWIC Assessment Date and Status Change: May 2019
COSEWIC Status: Endangered
COSEWIC Status Criteria: B1ab(i,ii,iii,iv,v)+2ab(i,ii,iii,iv,v); C2a(i); D1
COSEWIC Reason for Designation: This small moss is endemic to Canada, where it is known from three widely separated sites on Haida Gwaii, British Columbia. It is a narrow habitat specialist that occurs exclusively on shaded, pure limestone cliffs in areas of hypermaritime climate. This moss has small, fragile spores that severely limits its dispersal ability to new sites. Two of the subpopulations occur in protected areas but the habitat of the third is susceptible to quarrying. All three subpopulations will be affected by climate change, including drought, and at least one is vulnerable to tsunamis and can be expected to be flooded by future sea-level rise.
COSEWIC History of Status Designation: Designated Endangered in May 2019.
SARA Status: No schedule, No Status
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No schedule - No Status

Individuals of this species may be protected under Schedule 1 under another name; for more information see Schedule 1, the A-Z Species List, or if applicable, the Related Species table below.

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PLEASE NOTE: Not all COSEWIC reports are currently available on the SARA Public Registry. Most of the reports not yet available are status reports for species assessed by COSEWIC prior to May 2002. Other COSEWIC reports not yet available may include those species assessed as Extinct, Data Deficient or Not at Risk. In the meantime, they are available on request from the COSEWIC Secretariat.

3 record(s) found.

COSEWIC Status Reports

  • COSEWIC Assessment and Status Report on the Carey’s Small Limestone Moss (Seligeria careyana) in Canada (2020-01-16)

    Carey’s Small Limestone Moss is a minute, delicate, yellow- to light-green moss that grows in loose colonies on limestone cliffs. The leaves are linear in outline and have a conspicuously long, slender, needle-like point that consists almost entirely of the costa or “midrib” of the leaf. The sporophytes, which are nestled among the tips of the leafy shoots, consist of a short, straight stalk supporting a spore-bearing capsule that is ovate when young but with age becomes cone-shaped and flared at the mouth. Note: This COSEWIC assessment was received by the Minister on October 15th, 2018.

Response Statements

  • Response Statement - Carey’s Small Limestone Moss (2020) (2020-01-07)

    COVID-19 and the consultations on the listing of species at risk As a result of the ongoing COVID 19 situation, it is not possible to have in-person meetings. Taking this into consideration, please note that consultation closing dates have been set for both the Normal and Extended consultations for the terrestrial species considered in this document. We will work to ensure that all the known, potentially affected parties have the opportunity to contribute to the consultations and that the consultation process is flexible and sensitive to the current context. If you wish to contribute, please submit your comments by April 2, 2021 for species undergoing normal consultations and by September 2, 2021 for species undergoing extended consultations. You may provide comments by email, letters, or through the online survey. This small moss is endemic to Canada, where it is known from three widely separated sites on Haida Gwaii, British Columbia. It is a narrow habitat specialist that occurs exclusively on shaded, pure limestone cliffs in areas of hypermaritime climate. This moss has small, fragile spores that severely limits its dispersal ability to new sites. Two of the subpopulations occur in protected areas but the habitat of the third is susceptible to quarrying. All three subpopulations will be affected by climate change, including drought, and at least one is vulnerable to tsunamis and can be expected to be flooded by future sea-level rise.

Consultation Documents

  • Consultation on Amending the List of Species under the Species at Risk Act: Terrestrial Species January 2020 (2020-01-07)

    COVID-19 and the consultations on the listing of species at risk As a result of the ongoing COVID 19 situation, it is not possible to have in-person meetings. Taking this into consideration, please note that consultation closing dates have been set for both the Normal and Extended consultations for the terrestrial species considered in this document. We will work to ensure that all the known, potentially affected parties have the opportunity to contribute to the consultations and that the consultation process is flexible and sensitive to the current context. If you wish to contribute, please submit your comments by April 2, 2021 for species undergoing normal consultations and by September 2, 2021 for species undergoing extended consultations. You may provide comments by email, letters, or through the online survey. The Government of Canada is committed to preventing the disappearance of wildlife species at risk from our lands. As part of its strategy for realizing that commitment, on June 5, 2003, the Government of Canada proclaimed the Species at Risk Act (SARA). Attached to the Act is Schedule 1, the list of the species provided for under SARA, also called the List of Wildlife Species at Risk. Extirpated, Endangered and Threatened species on Schedule 1 benefit from the protection afforded by the prohibitions and from recovery planning requirements under SARA. Special Concern species benefit from its management planning requirements. Schedule 1 has grown from the original 233 to 622 wildlife species at risk. Please submit your comments by May 7, 2020, for terrestrial species undergoing normal consultations and by October 7, 2020, for terrestrial species undergoing extended consultations. For a description of the consultation paths these species will undergo, please visit the Species at Risk (SAR) Public Registry website at: The Minister of the Environment's Response to Species at Risk Assessments. To respond to survey questions, please go to the survey page.
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