any plant or animal species that is a candidate for designation as an endangered species or threatened species.
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Science definitions for candidate species
[ kăn′dĭ-dāt′ ]
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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