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FWS announces 5-year review for 10 Caribbean plant species

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74 Fed. Reg. 7914 / Vol. 74, No. 33 / Friday, February 20, 2009 / DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR Fish and Wildlife Service / Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants; 5-Year Review of 10 Caribbean Plant Species

SUMMARY: The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) is initiating 5-year reviews of Auerodendron pauciflorum (no common name), Daphnopsis hellerana (no common name), Gesneria pauciflora (no common name), Ilex sintenisi (no common name), Leptocereus grantianus (no common name), Schoepfia arenaria (no common name), palo de jazmin (Styrax portoricensis), palo colorado (Ternstroemia luquillensis), Ternstroemia subsessilis (no common name), and St. Thomas prickly ash (Zanthoxylum thomasianum) under section 4(c)(2) of the Endangered Species Act of 1973, as amended (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 (50 CFR 17.11 and 17.12) is accurate. A 5-year review is an assessment of the best scientific and commercial data available at the time of the review.

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The St. Thomas Prickly Ash, an evergreen, spine-covered, shrubby-tree, reaches heights up to 20 feet in the forests of Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Photo by Meghan Fellows from the Center for Plant Conservation.

OTHER RESOURCES: Previous FWS listing decision and Recovery Plan,