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FWS revises, and reduces, critical habitat for Quino checkerspot butterfly

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74 Fed. Reg. 28776 / Vol. 74, No. 115 / Wednesday, June 17, 2009 / Rules and Regulations

DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR / Fish and Wildlife Service / 50 CFR Part 17 / Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants; Revised Designation of Critical Habitat for the Quino Checkerspot butterfly (Euphydryas editha quino)

SUMMARY: We, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service), are designating final revised critical habitat for the Quino checkerspot butterfly (Euphydryas editha quino) under the Endangered Species Act of 1973, as amended (Act). Approximately 62,125 acres (ac) (25,141 hectares (ha)) of habitat in San Diego and Riverside Counties, California, are being designated as critical habitat for the Quino checkerspot butterfly. This final revised designation constitutes a reduction of approximately 109,479 ac (44,299 ha) from the 2002  designation of critical habitat for the Quino checkerspot butterfly. DATES: This rule becomes effective on July 17, 2009.

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Photo of the Quino checkerspot butterfly from California Department of Fish and Game

EXCERPT: Please refer to the final listing rule published in the Federal Register on January 16, 1997 (62 FR 2313), and the proposed revised critical habitat designation published in the Federal Register on January 17, 2008 (72 FR 3328), for an in-depth discussion of the subspecies’ biology.