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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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FWS considering listing of the Berry cave salamander

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75 Fed. Reg. 13068 / Vol. 75, No. 52 / Thursday, March 18, 2010 / Proposed Rules
DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR Fish and Wildlife Service
50 CFR Part 17 / Docket No. FWS-R4-ES-2010-0011 / MO 92210-0-0008-B2
Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants; 90-Day Finding on a Petition to List the Berry Cave Salamander as Endangered
AGENCY: Fish and Wildlife Service, Interior.
ACTION: Notice of petition finding and initiation of status review.

SUMMARY: We, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, announce a 90–day finding on a petition to list the Berry Cave salamander (Gyrinophilus gulolineatus) as endangered under the Endangered Species Act of 1973, as amended. Based on our review, we find that the petition presents substantial scientific or commercial information indicating that listing this species may be warranted. Therefore, with the publication of this notice, we are initiating a review of the status of the species to determine if listing the Berry Cave salamander is warranted. To ensure that this status review is comprehensive, we are requesting scientific and commercial data and other information regarding this species. Based on the status review, we will issue a 12–month finding on the petition, which will address whether the petitioned action is warranted, as provided in section 4(b)(3)(B) of the Act.

DATES: To allow us adequate time to conduct this review, we request that we receive information on or before May 17, 2010.

The Berry Cave salamander, an aquatic cave species, is restricted to the Ridge and Valley Physiographic Province of eastern Tennessee. It has been reported from Berry Cave, which is located south of Knoxville, Tennessee; from Mud Flats, Meades Quarry, and Cruze Caves in Knoxville; and from an unknown cave in the Athens, Tennessee, area.  The petitioner claims that (1) the Mud Flats Cave population of Berry Cave salamander may be extirpated and that habitat in this location has been modified by siltation and other development-related threats, and (2) the Meades Quarry/Cruze Cave complex may be threatened by proposed road development in the vicinity of the cave, indicate that the petitioned action may be warranted.  Photo from privately-owned cave in Roane, Tennessee, US. © 2010 Matthew Niemiller. Available online at CalPhotos from UC Berkeley.

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