Virginia
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Plants and Animals

We share the Old Dominion with more than 32,000 native species of plants and animals. They carpet our hills and valleys with green, they swim in our rivers and lurk in our deepest caves. A few play obviously important roles in our economy, and many more are vital for clean air and water. Virginia’s vast array of species makes our lives rich in more subtle ways, too.

Flora and Fauna of the Old Dominion

  • Species 101 | LandScope Virginia

    Virginia supports a rich diversity of plants, animals and natural communities. As of 2004, 2,546 species of vascular plants and 737 species of vertebrates had been identified as native to the state. While there is no accurate count of invertebrates, one conservative estimate places the number at 30,000 terrestrial and aquatic invertebrates species.

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  • Featured Plants in Virgina

    Learn about some of the Old Dominion's most distinctive flora, courtesy of the Virginia Natural Heritage Program and its partners.

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  • Featured Animals in Virginia

    Virginia supports a rich diversity of animals -- some 737 species of vertebrates had been identified as occuring in the state. While there is no accurate count of invertebrates, one conservative estimate places the number at 30,000 terrestrial and aquatic invertebrates species. We profile a few notable members here.

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  • Virginia Species Lists

    Access lists of various classes of plants and animals in the Commonwealth -- federally listed species, endemics limited to the state's borders and others.

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Quick Facts

Virginia DCR - Natural Heritage Program
600 East Main Street; 24th Floor
Richmond, VA 23219

Contact Information

Phone: (804) 786-7951
Fax: (804) 371-2674
Email:
Website

History

Founded in: 1986

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