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Including 6 caddisflies.

Quote from: NYTimes - Phil Taylor
Interior's Fish and Wildlife Service said it will initiate a more thorough status review to determine whether any, or all, of the species merit a listing as threatened or endangered.

"The Endangered Species Act has proved to be a critical safety net for America's imperiled fish, wildlife, and plants," Director Dan Ashe said in a statement. "Our finding today is the first step in determining whether these species need the special protection afforded by the act."

But final decisions on whether to list the 374 species will likely not occur within the next six years while the agency implements a court-approved settlement with WildEarth Guardians and the Center for Biological Diversity to issue final listing decisions on 251 "candidate" species that deserve protections, according to FWS, but are precluded by higher priorities. Those species include the lesser prairie chicken, walrus, wolverine, golden trout and Miami blue butterfly (E&ENews PM, Sept. 9).

Species announced today include 13 amphibians, six amphipods, 17 beetles, three birds, four butterflies, six caddisflies, 81 crayfish, 14 dragonflies, 43 fish, one springfly, two isopods, four mammals, one moth, 35 mussels, six non-vascular plants, 12 reptiles, 43 snails, eight stoneflies and 75 vascular plants, FWS said.


And one of those is a species I've collected.
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Re: 374 southeastern aquatics considered for federal endangered listing.
« Reply #1 on: September 30, 2011, 12:33:35 am »
Jesus.  Is there always such a huge list?
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Re: 374 southeastern aquatics considered for federal endangered listing.
« Reply #2 on: September 30, 2011, 12:49:22 am »
Jesus.  Is there always such a huge list?

dominant life form with no natural predators other than ourselves..   I'm betting yes.
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Re: 374 southeastern aquatics considered for federal endangered listing.
« Reply #3 on: September 30, 2011, 12:53:18 am »
Jesus.  Is there always such a huge list?

Generally there are less caddisflies on it, but it's been a pretty masturbatory year.
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Re: 374 southeastern aquatics considered for federal endangered listing.
« Reply #4 on: September 30, 2011, 05:47:19 am »
Jesus.  Is there always such a huge list?

You have to understand, there are far more critically endangered species than ever get listed; not so much in North America, but in the tropics especially. This listing event is a long time coming, and as EoC mentioned, there are no caddisflies federally listed right now. There are certainly caddisflies that need to be listed though, the 6 in this just a few of them. You have to understand, the FWS doesn't like to list, because every new species listed means a great deal of time and effort into preservation and restoration planning. Some species have simple requirements of protecting critical habitat on federal lands, but even then it costs time and money. Vertebrate species, for example, need provisions for law enforcement to stop hunting and poaching. But even insect species are costly to list; just look at the American Burying Beetle and the Hine's Emerald Dragonfly breeding and reestablishment programs.

So, they have to be persuaded. In this case, Center for Biological Diversity et al. won a lawsuit and forced the consideration of their petition. And lets be clear, this is a /huge/ petition. Most species have been listed in small numbers or singly. If all the insects on the petition were listed, it would double the number of listed insect species. Not to mention the number of crayfish.
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Re: 374 southeastern aquatics considered for federal endangered listing.
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