Species Account Manual
This Species Account Manual serves as a companion document to the Clark County Multiple Species Habitat Conservation Plan and Environmental Impact Statement (MSHCP), which covers a wide variety of species and their habitats in Clark County, Nevada. The Species Account Manual informs about the species of concern covered within the MSHCP. It provides an individual species account describing the appearance of each species, identifying features, the kind of habitat in which a given species might be found, and the range of that species. Additional comments on the sensitivity of the species are also included.
Mammals: Are you looking for a long-eared myotis? Want to learn more about the silver haired bat? Start in mammals!
Birds: Have you seen a yellow-billed cuckoo or a western bluebird lately? Read all about them in the bird section.
Reptiles & Amphibians: Lots of cold-blooded creatures live in the desert. Check out animals such as the banded gecko or the red-spotted toad in this section.
Fish: While our area isn't known for large bodies of water, there are species of fish to be found. Visit our fish section to learn about our scaled inhabitants.
Invertebrates: They're creepy and crawly. Some of them have wings! Learn about invertebrates here.
This is a Companion Document
While this manual is informative as a companion document and can be carried in the field, it is not intended as a true field guide. It does not contain a key for identification. Species are listed in alphabetical order, and not as presented in the MSHCP. To facilitate finding a species, animal species are grouped alphabetically by common name. However, alphabetical listing of vascular and non-vascular plants is by scientific names since many plants have the same genus name. Also, MSHCP species are grouped as Covered Species, Evaluation Species, and Watch List Species. Covered Species are those for which sufficient information is known and for which adequate management prescriptions exist to help protect them. Evaluation Species are those for which additional information is required and management plans need to be developed. Evaluation Species are further prioritized as high, medium, or low priority based upon the degree of threat likely to occur in the future. Watch List Species, not described in this manual, are those with inadequate information to assess population range, status, and conservation potential or risk of extinction.
This document contains the best available information at the time of printing.
However, the overall condition of individual species, individual species names, the status of habitats, and other conditions pertaining to the MSHCP may change over time.
The Idea for This Manual
The idea for the Species Account Manual originated with the Public Information Education (PIE) Working Group of the Implementation and Monitoring Committee of the MSHCP which wanted a document that provides descriptive and visual information about the species covered under the MSHCP.
This guide was prepared by the Clark County Desert Conservation Program Public Information and Education subcommittee for use by participants of the program.
These participants include federal and state agency representatives, interest group representatives, and members of the public. The completion of this document is a result of contributions from many photographers, biologists, and other specialists.
Clark County spent over five years collecting, compiling, and editing information for this document. Clark County and the editors of this book have made every effort to contact and receive input and comments from species specialists prior to finalization of this guide.
Countless hours were contributed to research, image collection, design layout, data compilation and editing making the production of this document possible.
Hermi Hiatt, Lead Scientific Editor
Jim Boone, Scientific Editor
Design and Layout
Cindy Gates, Graphic Artist
Clark County Comprehensive Planning
We would like to extend a special thanks to the members of the public information
and education working group, the Clark County DCP IMC, photographers, artists, scientists and interested parties for their committment to this project.
Thank you especially to:
Kathy August, Janet Bair, Dick Birger, Jim Boone, Karen Budd-Falen, Betty Burge, Michael Burroughs, Kirsten Cannon, David Charlet, Deb Couche, Michael
Creathbaum, Alice Crites, Don Dayton, Lola Egan, Julie Ervin-Holoubek, Jane Feldman, Jim Davis, Christina Gibson, Gina Glenne, Jennifer Haley, Ross Haley, Brad Hardenbrook, Alex L. Heindl, Jim Heinrich, Sandy Helvey, Hermi Hiatt, Karin Hoff, John Hunt, Teri Knight, Jeri Krueger, Chuck LaBar, Callie Le’au Courtright, Matt Lorne, Bruce Lund, Flo Lund, Ron Marlow, Gayle Marrs-Smith, Cynthia Martinez, Dale Matteson, Phil Medica, Dennis Murphy, Elise Mc Allister, Sharon Mc Kelvey, Shirl Naegle, John Pinna, Elizabeth Powell, Maria Ryan, Kurt Sawyer, Rob Scanland, Carissa Schively, Ann Schreiber, Jan Schweitzer, Elsie Sellars, Thomas Smigel, Lisa Smith, Ralph Staggs, Jay Stevens, David Syzdek, Jana Thompson, Beth Tomica, Cris Tomlinson, Mark Trinko, Cynthia J.Truelove, Lewis Wallenmeyer, Jason Williams, Melinda Winney, and Lori Wohletz.