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3900 Wildlife


(Penalty Section 7 Del.C. §103(d))

16.1 Importation, Transportation and Possession.

16.1.1 Pursuant to §601 of Title 7, the importation, transportation, possession or sale of any endangered species of fish or wildlife, or hides or other parts thereof, or the sale or possession with the intent to sell of any article made in whole or in part from the skin, hide or other parts of endangered species of fish or wildlife is prohibited, except under license or permit from the Division.

16.2 Designation and Removal from Designation of Species by Division.

16.2.1 Pursuant to §601 of Title 7, the Division may designate species of fish and wildlife that are seriously threatened with extinction as endangered species. The Division may also remove the designation of endangered from species of fish and wildlife that are no longer seriously threatened with extinction, including species as suggested by the public with sufficient documentation for listing.

16.2.2 For the purposes of this section, the phrase “seriously threatened with extinction” shall mean that the species satisfies one or more of the following criteria: Appears on the federal list of endangered, threatened, or candidate species; or Ranked as “globally rare” (G1, G2, G3, T1, T2, or T3), which means 100 or fewer populations worldwide; or Is rare or declining within the State and rare or declining in the region; or. Is rare in Delaware and disjunct from known distribution and/or near the extreme northern or southern limits of distribution; or Is imminently threatened by natural or human-made factors that are affecting continued survival of that species within the State.

16.2.3 Based upon the criteria prescribed by subsection 16.2.2 of this section, the following species are declared endangered in this State and are afforded the protection provided by § 601 of Title 7:


Salamander, Eastern Mud (Pseudotriton montanus montanus)

Salamander, Eastern Tiger (Ambystoma tigrinum tigrinum)

Treefrog, Barking (Hyla gratiosa)


Grebe, Pied-billedBR (Podilymbus podiceps)

Harrier, NorthernBR (Circus cyaneus)

Hawk, Broad-wingedBR (Buteo platypterus)

Heron, Black-Crowned Night- (Nycticorax nycticorax)

Heron, Yellow-Crowned Night- (Nyctanassa violacea)

Kestrel, American (Falco sparverius)

Knot, Red (Calidris canutus)

Plover, Piping (Charadrius melodus)

Owl, Short-earedBR (Asio flammeus)

Oystercatcher, American (Haematopus palliatus)

Rail, Black (Laterallus jamaicensis)

Sandpiper, Upland (Bartramia longicauda)

Skimmer, Black (Rynchops niger)

Sparrow, Henslow's (Ammodramus henslowii)

Tern, CommonBR (Sterna hirundo)

Tern, Forster'sBR (Sterna forsteri)

Tern, Least (Sterna antillarum)

Warbler, Cerulean (Setophaga cerulea)

Warbler, Hooded BR (Setophaga citrina)

Warbler, Swainson's (Limnothlypis swainsonii)

Wren, Sedge (Cistothorus platensis)

BR Breeding population only


Darter, Glassy (Etheostoma vitreum)

Sculpin, Blueridge (Cottus caeruleomentum)

Shiner, Bridled (Notropis bifrenatus)

Shiner, Ironcolor (Notropis chalybaeus)

Sturgeon, Atlantic (Acipenser oxyrhynchus)

Sturgeon, Shortnose (Acipenser brevirostrum)

Sunfish, Blackbanded (Enneacanthus chaetodon)


Beetle, Little White Tiger (Cicindela lepida)

Beetle, White Tiger (Cicindela dorsalis)

Beetle, Seth Forest Scavenger (Hydrochus spangleri)

Bluet, Burgundy (Enallagma dubium)

Bluet, Pale (Enallagma pallidum)

Checkerspot, Baltimore (Euphydryas phaeton)

Clubtail, Banner (Gomphus apomyius)

Clubtail, Laura's (Stylurus laurae)

Clubtail, Midland (Gomphus fraternus)

Clubtail, Sable (Gomphus rogersi)

Darner, Black-tipped (Aeshna tuberculifera)

Darner, Taper-tailed (Gomphaeschna antelope)

Dash, Black (Euphyes conspicua)

Elfin, Frosted (Incisalia irus)

Emerald, Treetop (Somatochlora provocans)

Firefly, Bethany Beach (Photuris bethaniensis)

Hairstreak, Hessel's (Mitoura hesseli)

Hairstreak, King's (Satyrium kingi)

Moth, Aralia Shoot Borer (Papaipema araliae)

Moth, Dark Stoneroot Borer (Papaipema duplicatus)

Moth, Maritime Sunflower Borer (Papaipema maritima)

Moth, Pitcher Plant Borer (Papaipema appassionata)

Moth, Yellow Stoneroot Borer (Papaipema astuta)

Skimmer, Elfin (Nannothemis bella)

Skipper, Rare (Problema bulenta)

Spiketail, Brown (Cordulegaster bilineata)

Sundragon, Sely's (Helocordulia selysii)

Underwing, Marbled (Catocala marmorata)

Underwing, Ulalume (Catocala ulalume)

Wing, Mulberry (Poanes massasoit massasoit)

Wing, Chermock's Mulberry (Poanes massasoit chermocki)


Bat, Little Brown (Myotis lucifugus)

Bat, Northern Long-eared (Myotis septentrionalis)

Squirrel, Delmarva Fox (Sciurus niger cinereus)

Whale, Blue (Balaenoptera musculus)

Whale, Fin (Balaenoptera physalus)

Whale, Humpback (Megaptera novaengliae)

Whale, North Atlantic Right (Eubalaena glacialis)

Whale, Sei (Balaenoptera borealis)

Whale, Sperm (Physeter macrocephalus)


Lampmussel, Yellow (Lampsilis cariosa)

Lampmussel, Eastern (Lampsilis radiata)

Wedgemussel, Dwarf (Alasmidonta heterodon)

Pondmussel, Eastern (Ligumia nasuta)

Floater, Brook (Alasmidonta varicosa)

Floater, Triangle (Alasmidonta undulata)

Mucket, Tidewater (Leptodea ochracea)


Turtle, Leatherback (Dermochelys coriacea)

Turtle, Kemp's Ridley (Lepidochelys kempii)

Turtle, Green (Chelonia mydas)

Turtle, Loggerhead (Caretta caretta)

Turtle, Bog (Clemmys muhlenbergii)

Snake, Corn (Elaphe guttata guttata)

Snake, Eastern Scarlet (Cemophora coccinea)

Watersnake, Redbelly (Nerodia erythrogaster erythrogaster)

16.3 Federally Listed Species.

16.3.1 Pursuant to the Endangered Species Act of 1973 (16 USC §§ 1531-1543), as amended, the Secretary of the Interior must publish in the Federal Register a list of all fish and wildlife species determined by him or her or the Secretary of Commerce to be endangered species. The federal list of endangered species is hereby adopted and all species listed thereon are hereby declared to be endangered species in the State as prescribed in §601 of Title 7.

16.3.2 It shall be unlawful for any person to collect, possess or sell any species of fish or wildlife listed as endangered or threatened pursuant to the Endangered Species Act of 1973, as amended, without the appropriate federal permits.

3 DE Reg. 1738 (6/1/00)

6 DE Reg. 536 (10/01/02)

17 DE Reg. 238 (08/01/13)


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