candidate species

noun
any plant or animal species that is a candidate for designation as an endangered species or threatened species.
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candidate species   (kān'dĭ-dāt')  Pronunciation Key 
A plant or animal species that is classified by a government agency as a candidate for possible listing as an endangered or threatened species.
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Candidate species could be proposed or listed during the project planning period.
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