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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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Five year reviews underway for 103 species, including Hawaiian tree snails and the Hawaiian hoary bat

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74 Fed. Reg. 11130 (Monday, March 16, 2009) / DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR / Fish and Wildlife Service / Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants; Initiation of 5-Year Reviews of 103 Species in Hawaii / ACTION: Notice of review.

SUMMARY: We, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, are initiating 5-year reviews for 103 species in Hawaii 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.

The notice includes numerous plants, and Oahu tree snails, declining due to loss of habitat.  The animals at issue include the Hawaiian hoary bat, the Nihoa finch,the Hawaiian goose, the crested honeycreeper, the Maui parrotbill and the Hawaiian dark-rumped petrel.  The Hawaiian hoary bat, pictured above (photo from, is the only native land mammal of Hawai'i.