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Recovery Plan Completed for the Threatened Devils River Minnow
Southwest Region, September 22, 2005
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The Devils River Minnow Recovery Plan was signed by Regional Director, H. Dale Hall, and Texas Parks and Wildlife Executive Director, Robert Cook on August 22, 2005. The species was listed as threatened in 1999 under the Endangered Species Act and is also listed as threatened by the State of Texas. The Devils River minnow depends on the constant clean flow of spring waters and is at extreme risk from habitat loss and degradation caused by spring flow declines, water pollution and impacts from introduced, non-native species. Proposed recovery actions The U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) announces approval of the final Recovery Plan for the Devils River minnow (Dionda diaboli).

The Recovery Plan identifies specific, voluntary actions that will help recover the fish so it may eventually be removed from the list of threatened and endangered species. Objectives and criteria for delisting the species are spelled out. In addition, the fish's status and current management practices are described.

This small fish is currently known to occur in three streams in Val Verde and Kinney counties, Texas, all tributaries to the Rio Grande: Devils River, San Felipe Creek and Pinto Creek. The current status of the species in Sycamore Creek, Texas, and in the Río Salado drainage in Chihuahua, Mexico is not known. The species was once found in the lower portions of the Devils River (now Amistad Reservoir in Val Verde County), Las Moras Creek (Kinney County), and from the Río San Carlos (Mexico) but is no longer believed to be there. include: (1) to maintain and enhance Devils River minnow populations and habitats range-wide; (2) control the invasion of non-native species; (3) to establish additional Devils River minnow populations within the historic range, specifically in Las Moras Creek; and (4) to maintain genetic reserves of Devils River minnow through captive propagation until no longer needed.

Contact Info: Martin Valdez, 505-248-6599, martin_valdez@fws.gov



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