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Species/Community Search

Updated on October 8, 2018 with 2018-10 data set.


A species/community search provides lists of rare plants and animals, natural communities, and important animal assemblages (e.g., heronries and colonial waterbird nesting sites) known to the North Carolina Natural Heritage Program. By default, records are summarized by county, but you also have the option to summarize the records by USGS topographic maps or simple statewide summaries. For more information or for an explanation of the results of the search, see the "Help" and "Definitions" links above.

  • Partial search terms are acceptable. If you are unsure of the correct spelling, you could enter the beginning letters of either the genus or species in the Scientific Name field.
  • To see distribution maps, click on the scientific or common name of an element in the table of results from a county or topo database search. Note that there are no maps for the statewide summary.
  • The results can be further refined by entering a text string in the "Filter search results" field.
  • Clicking the "Download Results' button will give you the option of saving the results table to a comma-separated-values file. This type of file can be opened with most spreadsheet programs, including Microsoft Excel.
  • If you have any questions or technical issues, contact a Conservation Information Manager.

Use of North Carolina Natural Heritage Program data should not be substituted for actual field surveys, particularly if the project area contains suitable habitat for rare species. If a database search lists no records for a project area, it does not necessarily mean that they are not present. The area may not have been surveyed by biologists, or the data may not have been reported to the Natural Heritage Program.

Information obtained from the heritage data search should be cited as follows: North Carolina Natural Heritage Program Online Data Search. [search date]. Department of Natural and Cultural Resources, Division of Land and Water Stewardship, Raleigh, NC. Available at: