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florida gators... never threatened!

If you ain't a Gator, you should be! Alligators (and endangered crocs) are important indicator species atop their food chains, with sensitivity to pollution and pesticides akin to humans. See ESA blawg. Gator blood could be our pharmaceutical future, too. See ESA musing.


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KEVIN S. PETTITT helped found this blawg. A D.C.-based IT consultant specializing in Lotus Notes & Domino, he also maintains Lotus Guru blog.

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Spalding's Catchfly, and 69 other species, undergoing ESA review by U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service

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73 Federal Register 23264 (Tuesday, April 29, 2008)(DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR; Fish and Wildlife Service; Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants: Initiation of 5-Year Status Reviews for 70 Species in Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Washington, and the Pacific Islands; Notice of review.)

Photo of Spalding's Catchfly from USFWS

SUMMARY: We, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, initiate 5-year status reviews for 70 species in Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Washington, and the Pacific Islands under the Endangered Species Act of 1973, as amended (Act). We request any new information on these species that may have a bearing on their classification as endangered or threatened. Based on the results of these 5-year reviews, we will determine whether these species are properly classified under the Act. DATES: We must receive your information no later than June 30, 2008.

COMMENTARY: The species in question are overwhelmingly Hawaiian species, and plants in particular.  Within the contiguous 48 states, the species with the broadest range, and thus potentially of greater interest to a greater audience, is the Spalding’s catchfly, a a long-lived perennial herb distinguished by its very sticky foliage and flower, and member of the carnation family, growing from 8 to 24 inches in height.