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FWS begins status review on potential listing of the least chub

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73 Fed. Reg. 61007-61015 / 73 FR 61007 (Wednesday, October 15, 2008) (DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR; Fish and Wildlife Service 50 CFR Part 17
[FWS–R6–ES–2008–0088; MO 9921050083–B2] Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants; 90-Day Finding on a Petition To List the Least Chub (Iotichthys phlegethontis) as Threatened or Endangered With Critical Habitat

SUMMARY: We, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service), announce a 90-day finding on a petition to list the least chub (Iotichthys phlegethontis) as threatened or endangered under the Endangered Species Act of 1973, as amended (Act). We find that the petition presents substantial scientific or commercial information indicating that listing of the least chub may be warranted. Therefore, with the publication of this notice, we are initiating a status review of the species, and we will issue a 12-month finding to determine if the petitioned action is warranted. To ensure that the status review is comprehensive, we are soliciting scientific and commercial data regarding this species. We will make a determination on critical habitat for this species if, and when, we initiate a listing action. DATES: To allow us adequate time to conduct this review, we request that we receive information on or before December 15, 2008.

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The least chub (Iotichthys phlegethontis) is a monotypic cyprinid (member of the minnow family) that is typically less than 6.5 centimeters (2.6 inches) long. The species has broad tolerances to habitat conditions that have allowed it to persist in the fluctuating environments of the springs and marshes of Utah’s West Desert.  See information from the Native Fish Consevancy and the Center for Biological Diversity.  Photo from Fish Springs National Wildlife Refuge..