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ENDEMIC SPECIES
 
Catalina Island has at least 62 endemic species and subspecies, including six plants, five mammals, three birds and a number of invertebrates. There are also several undescribed species that may end up qualifying as endemic. A partial list of the most common endemic species is below:

MAMMALS
Catalina California ground squirrel (Otospermophilus beecheyi nesioticus)
Santa Catalina Island fox (Urocyon littoralis catalinae)
Santa Catalina Island deer mouse (Peromyscus maniculatus catalinae)
Santa Catalina Island harvest mouse (Reithrodontomys megalotis catalinae)
Santa Catalina Island shrew (Sorex ornatus willetti)

BIRDS
Bewick’s wren (Thryomanes bewickii catalinae)
Catalina California quail (Callipepla californica catalinensis)
Catalina Hutton’s vireo (Vireo huttoni unitti)

INVERTEBRATES
Avalon hairstreak butterfly (Strymon avalona)
Scarab beetle (Coenonycha clypeata)
Scarab beetle (Coenonycha fulva)
Scarab beetle (Phobetus ciliatus)
Scarab beetle (Serica catalina)
Catalina Walkingstick (Pseudosermyle catalina)
Catalina shield-back cricket (Neduba propsti)
Catalina orangetip butterfly (Anthocharis cethura catalina)

FLORA

Catalina manzanita (Arctostaphylos catalinae)
Catalina mountain mahogany (Cercocarpus traskiae)
Catalina liveforever (Dudleya virens subsp. hassei)
St. Catherine’s lace (Eriogonum giganteum var. giganteum)
Santa Catalina bedstraw (Galium catalinense catalinense)
Santa Catalina ironwood (Lyonothamnus floribundus floribundus)
Santa Catalina Island bush-mallow (Malacothamnus fasciculatus var. catalinensis)
Trask’s yerba santa (Eriodictyon traskiae var. traskiae)

Trask’s monkeyflower (Mimulus traskiae) was another plant restricted to Catalina Island, however it is presumed extinct.

 

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