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Endangered/threatened species to be studied

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service plans to conduct five-year status reviews of 15 endangered and eight threatened species occurring in one or more of 10 states.

These five-year reviews are conducted to ensure that listing classifications under the Endangered Species Act (ESA) are accurate.

This notice covers the following species federally listed as endangered: Mississippi gopher frog (amphibian); Alabama sturgeon (fish); Cape Fear shiner (fish); Cahaba shiner (fish); bluemask darter (fish); amber darter (fish); Etowah darter (fish); Tar River spinymussel (mussel); Anthony’s riversnail (snail); Saint Francis’ satyr butterfly (insect); mountain sweet pitcher plant (plant); bunched arrowhead (plant); white irisette (plant); Tennessee yellow-eyed grass (plant); and Spring Creek bladderpod (plant). This notice also covers the following species federally listed as threatened: flattened musk turtle (reptile); spotfin chub (fish); Waccamaw silverside (fish); Cherokee darter (fish); Magazine Mountain shagreen (snail); Heller’s blazing star (plant); Price’s potato-bean (plant); and Cumberland rosemary (plant).

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