Species/Community Search

This species/community search tool provides lists and range maps 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 for simple statewide summaries. Click on a row in the results table to view a county range map. The species/community search tool was updated on May 6, 2024 with our Spring (April) data release. 

To view the locations of these and other natural heritage resources or to generate site-specific reports, please visit our Natural Heritage Data Explorer.

by County,     or Statewide
Taxonomic Group Scientific Name Common Name NC Status Federal Status State Rank Global Rank County County Status Habitat Comment

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.
  • 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 natural.heritage@ncdcr.gov.

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. This tool is not a substitute for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's IPaC project planning tool.

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: www.ncnhp.org.