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Rabbitsfoot (Quadrula cylindrica cylindrica)

Status: Threatened

 

Rabbitsfoot mussel

Photo by USFWS; Georgia Parham

 

Status: Threatened - - Proposed Critical Habitat 

 

Habitat: Rivers

 

Lead Region: 4

 

Region 3 Lead Office:  Columbia, Missouri Field Office

 

Range: AL, AR, IL, IN, KS, KY, LA, MO, MS, OH, OK, PA, TN

The rabbitsfoot, a freshwater mussel, is a threatened species. It is found in rivers and streams in Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Kansas, Kentucky, Illinois, Indiana, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, and West Virginia. We estimate that it has been lost from about 64 percent of its historical range. While 51 of 140 historical populations are still present, only 11 populations are viable; 23 populations are at risk of extirpation and 17 populations do not seem to be reproducing at a level that can sustain the populations. Most of the existing rabbitsfoot populations are marginal to small and isolated.

 

May 14, 2014: Comment Period on Proposed Critical Habitat Re-Opened

Federal Register Proposed Rule: Designating Critical Habitat for the Neosho Mucket and Rabbitsfoot (2-page PDF)

 

Questions and Answers about Proposed Critical Habitat for the Neosho Mucket and Rabbitsfoot

 

Sept. 17, 2013: Rabbitsfoot Listed as Threatened

News Release: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Lists Neosho Mucket as Endangered and Rabbitsfoot as Threatened

 

Federal Register Final Rule: Endangered Status for the Neosho Mucket and Threatened Status for the Rabbitsfoot (22-page PDF Adobe PDF Icon)

 

August 26, 2013:

Comment Period Re-opened for 60 Days and Draft Economic Analysis of Critical Habitat Available

In response to requests we received, we are reopening the comment period to allow all interested parties an opportunity to comment on the proposed designation of critical habitat, draft environmental assessment, and draft economic analysis. Comments previously submitted need not be resubmitted, as they will be fully considered in our determinations on this rulemaking action.

 

News Release (August 26, 2013): Service Re-opens Review of Draft Economic Analysis for the Proposed Critical Habitat Designation for Two Freshwater Mussels

 

Federal Register Proposed Rule: Designating Critical Habitat for the Neosho Mucket and Rabbitsfoot; Reopening of Comment Period (Aug. 27. 2013)

 

Proposed Critical Habitat Unit Maps

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May 9, 2013:

Comment Period Re-opened and Draft Economic Analysis of Critical Habitat Available

We are reopening the public comment period on our October 16, 2012, proposed listing and designation of critical habitat for the Neosho mucket and rabbitsfoot mussels.  In addition, a draft economic analysis and draft environmental assessment of the proposed chritical habitat designation are also available for public review and comment.  Reopening the comment period allows an opportunity to comment simultaneously on the revised proposed rule, the associated draft economic analysis and draft environmental assessment. 

 

Comments previously submitted need not be resubmitted, as they will be fully considered in preparation of the final rules.

 

All comments must be received by June 9, 2013.

 

May 8, 2013 News Release: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Estimates Economic Impacts and Releases Draft Environmental Assessment of Critical Habitat Designation for Neosho Mucket and Rabbitsfoot

 

Federal Register Proposed Rule; Reopening of Comment Period - - Proposed Endangered Status for the Neosho Mucket, Threatened Status for the Rabbitsfoot, and Designation of Critical Habitat for Both Species (PDF Adobe PDF Icon)

 

Draft Economic Analysis of Critical Habitat for Neosho Mucket and Rabbitsfoot (141-page PDF; 2 MB Adobe PDF Icon)

 

Oct. 16, 2012

Proposal to List the Rabbitsfoot as Threatened and Designate Critical Habitat

Comment period closed on December 17, 2012

 

Federal Register Proposed Rule (Oct. 16, 2012): Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants; Proposed Endangered Status for the Neosho Mucket, Threatened Status for the Rabbitsfoot, and Designation of Critical Habitat for Both Species (98-page PDF; 4.8MB)

 

Service Proposes to Protect Neosho Mucket and Rabbitsfoot under the Endangered Species Act: Agency Seeks Information from the Public, Scientific Community before making final decision

 

Questions and Answers about Proposal to List the Neosho Mucket and Rabbitsfoot and Designate Critical Habitat

 


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Last updated: July 16, 2014