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Five-year reviews underway for 23 southwestern species, especially in Texas, Arizona and New Mexico

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74 Fed. Reg. 6917 / Vol. 74, No. 27 / Wednesday, February 11, 2009 / DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR Fish and Wildlife Service / Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants; 5-Year Reviews of 23 Southwestern Species; Notice of reviews.

SUMMARY: We, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service), announce 5-year reviews of 23 southwestern species listed under the Endangered Species Act of 1973 (Act). The purpose of reviews conducted under this section of the Act is to ensure that the classification of species as threatened or endangered on the List of Endangered and threatened Wildlife and Plants is accurate. The 5-year review is an assessment of the best scientific and commercial data available at the time of the review.

SPECIES (AND RELATED LISTING DECISION): Arkansas River shiner 63 FR 64771; ashy dogweed 49 FR 29232; bunched cory cactus 44 FR 64247; Canelo Hills ladies’-tresses 62 FR 665; Chisos Mountain hedgehog cactus 53 FR 38453; Comanche Springs pupfish 32 FR 4001; Davis’ green pitaya 44 FR 64738; Gila chub 70 FR 66663; Gulf Coast jaguarundi 41 FR 24062; Huachuca water-umbel. 62 FR 665; Koster’s springsnail 70 FR 46303; Little Aguja (=Creek) pondweed 56 FR 57844; Lloyd’s Mariposa cactus 44 FR 64247; masked bobwhite (quail) 32 FR 4001; Mexican long-nosed bat 53 FR 38456; Navajo sedge 50 FR 19370; Nellie cory cactus 44 FR 64738; Noel’s amphipod 70 FR 46303; Pecos assiminea snail 70 FR 46303; Pecos gambusia 35 FR 16047; Roswell springsnail 70 FR 46303; Texas poppy-mallow 46 FR 3184; Zapata bladderpod 64 FR 63745

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The Gulf Coast Jaguarundi was listed in 1976. Similar to an Ocelot, it is a small weasel-like cat, often with a reddish coat and lifespan up to 22 years.  They generally live near water, especially along the Rio Grande, in dense, thorny scrub to protect them from predators. They prey, in turn, on rabbits, rodents, and even low-flying birds. They have a high life expectancy, anywhere from16 to 22 years.   See FWS and  Earth's Endangered Creatures for more information and links, and wikipedia  for photo.