California Department of Fish and Wildlife

Table 1. Definitions of Species Categories Used in Permitting the Take of Nongame Animals and Plants

Species Category Species Category Definition
Fully Protected Species Includes species of fish, amphibians, reptiles, birds, and mammals listed as Fully Protected by the State Legislature (see Fish and Game Code, Sections 3511, 4700, 5050, and 5515).
Threatened, Endangered, or Candidate Species Includes all species listed by the California Fish and Game Commission (see Title 14 CCR, Section 670.5), and by the federal government under ESA.
Species of Special Concern Includes fish, amphibians, reptiles, birds, and mammals that the Department has determined are potentially at risk to become threatened or endangered (see Species of Special Concern section for explanation of criteria for this designation).
Standard Exception Animals Includes species included in the three above categories, and bird nests and eggs, raptors, bats, carnivores, game animals, and other specially protected birds and mammals. The back of the application for an SCP (see below for SCP application process) has a list of these species.
Other Native Animals Includes the other animals not included in the sections above.
Endangered and Rare Plants Includes all plants listed by the Fish and Game Commission (see Title 14 CCR, Section 670.2)