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USFWS News Release

Southeastern Region 4 Email

June 14, 2005

Contacts: Connie Dickard, 601-321-1121
Mike Groutt (for the Alabama cave shrimp), 251-441-6630
Tom MacKenzie, 404/679-7291

Fish and Wildlife Service conducts five-year status review
of 25 threatened and endangered species

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today announced plans to conduct a five-year status review of 25 federally-listed, threatened and endangered species. At the same time, the Service announced it is especially interested in information on surviving populations of the southern acornshell mussel, upland combshell mussel, and Alabama cave shrimp.

This five-year review is conducted to ensure that listing classifications under the Endangered Species Act (ESA) are accurate. Any interested party is invited to provide information and comments pertaining to these species. Written comments and informa tion related to this five-year review must be received by August 15, 2005.

The notice covers 25 species including the ringed map turtle, flatwoods salamander, watercress darter (fish), pygmy sculpin (fish), southern acornshell, ovate clubshell, southern clubshell, upland combshell, triangular kidneyshell, Alabama moccasinshell, Coosa moccasinshell, orange-nacre mucket, dark pigtoe, southern pigtoe, fine-lined pocketbook (all 11, mussels), lacy elimia (snail), cylindrical lioplax (snail), flat pebblesnail, painted rocksnail, plicate rocksnail, round rocksnail, Tulotoma snail, Alabama cave shrimp, Alabama leather flower, Morefield's leather flower.

Specifically, this review seeks information on: (1) species biology, including population trends, distribution, abundance, demographics, and genetics; (2) habitat conditions, including amount, distribution, and suitability; (3) conservation measures that have been implemented; (4) threat status and trends; and ( 5) other new information, data, or corrections, including taxonomic or nomenclatural changes, identification of erroneous information contained in the ESA list, and improved analytical methods. Comments and materials received will be available for public inspection by appointment.

Written comments and information for all species, except Alabama cave shrimp may be sent by e-mail to paul_hartfield@fws.gov, faxed to 601/965-4340, or sent by regular mail to Field Supervisor, Jackson Field Office, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, 6578 Dogwood View Parkway, Jackson, Mississippi 39213. Information for the Alabama cave shrimp may be sent to jeff_powell@fws.gov, faxed to 251/441-6222 or sent by regular mail to Field Supervisor, Daphne Field Office, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, 1208-B Main Street, P.O. Drawer 1190, Daphne, Alabama 36526. Please see Federal Register Notice of Review for these species here

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is the principal federal agency responsible for conserving, protecting and enhancing fish, wildlife and plants and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the American people. The Service manages the 95-million-acre National Wildlife Refuge System, which encompasses 544 national wildlife refuges, thousands of small wetlands and other special management areas. It also operates 69 national fish hatcheries, 64 fishery resources offices and 81 ecological services field stations. The agency enforces federal wildlife laws, administers the Endangered Species Act, manages migratory bird populations, restores nationally significant fisheries, conserves and restores wildlife habitat such as wetlands, and helps foreign and Native American tribal governments with their conservation efforts. It also oversees the Federal Assistance program, which distributes hundreds of millions of dollars in excise taxes o n fishing and hunting equipment to state fish and wildlife agencies.

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