National Park Service

Appalachian Highlands Network (APHN)

Park Species Lists

Rattlesnake fern (Botrypus virginicus) on the Blue Ridge Parkway [photo by Evan Raskin]
Rattlesnake fern (Botrypus virginicus) on the Blue Ridge Parkway [photo by Evan Raskin]

One of the primary goals of the Appalachian Highlands Network (APHN) is to develop and maintain certified vascular plant and vertebrate species lists for each network park. The information presented in these web-based species lists are subsets of data managed in NPSpecies, which is the master biodiversity database for the National Park Service, and is the tool used by the Network to meet this goal.

The vertebrate and vascular plant species lists presented here have gone through a certification process. This involves the evaluation and review of the species information by local experts who are well-versed in the biology, taxonomy and nomenclature of species in the network parks. Lists for other taxa are
not certified at present.

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What's the difference?

A Checklist contains only those species that are designated as "present" or "probably present" in the park.

The Full List with Details includes all the Checklist species plus species that are unconfirmed, historically detected, or incorrectly reported in the park. The Full List also contains species that are "in review" because their status in the park hasn't been fully determined. Additional details about the status of each species is included in the Full List.

The Checklist will almost always contain fewer species than the Full List.


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To view the official species list for Great Smoky Mountains National Park, click here. Data from the Smokies have not yet been fully integrated into NPSpecies.

Visit NPSpecies for more comprehensive information and advanced search capability. Have a suggestion or comment on this list? Let us know.

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