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Information sought for threatened SW species

23 species of plants and animals will undergo review

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Posted: Wednesday, February 18, 2009 12:00 am | Updated: 1:30 pm, Mon Apr 18, 2011.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service seeks updated information on the status of 23 species protected under the Endangered Species Act in Arizona, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas.

The information will be used in reviews to ensure the species’ current classifications as threatened or endangered are accurate, according to a release from the agency.

Each review will result in a recommendation to maintain or change the species’ classification, the release said.

Any change in federal classification would require a separate rule-making process with an opportunity for further public input.

The agency wants new information concerning the status of these species, including biology, habitat, conservation measures and threats. Submissions will be accepted through May 12.

More information can be found online at http://www.fws.gov/policy/library/E9-2885.pdf.

The species under review include several endangered plants and animals, Comanche Springs pupfish, Davis’ green pitaya, Gila chub, Gulf Coast jaguarundi, Huachuca water-umbel, Koster’s springsnail, Little Aguja pondweed, masked bobwhite (quail), Mexican long-nosed bat, Nellie cory cactus, Noel’s amphipod, Pecos assiminea snail, Pecos gambusia, Roswell springsnail, Texas poppy-mallow, and Zapata bladderpod, among others.

“This is an opportunity for the scientific community and the public to actively engage in the evaluation of the status of our nation’s threatened and endangered species,” Benjamin N. Tuggle, the Fish and Wildlife Service’s Southwest regional director, said in the release.

For new information to be considered, it should be supported by documentation, such as maps, bibliographic references, methods used to gather and analyze data, and copies of pertinent publications, reports or letters by knowledgeable sources.

The addresses for sending in new information can be found in the Federal Register notice at http://www.fws.gov/policy/library/E9-2885.pdf.

Categories of information requested include:

• Species biology, including population trends, distribution, abundance, demographics and genetics.

• Habitat conditions, including amount, distribution, and suitability.

• Conservation measures that have been implemented that benefit the species.

• Threat status and trends.

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