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American burying beetle (Nicrophorus americanus)

 

American burying beetle

Photo courtesy of the St. Louis Zoo

 

Status: Endangered, listed July 13, 1989

 

Habitat: Many types of habitat, with a slight preference for grasslands and open understory oak hickory forests. However, the beetles need carrion the size of a dove or a chipmunk to reproduce. Carrion availability may be the greatest factor determining where the species can survive.

 

Lead Region: 2

 

Region 3 Lead Office: Ohio Field Office

 

Range: Arkansas, Kansas, Massachusetts, Michigan, Missouri, Nebraska, Ohio, Oklahoma, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Texas

Reintroduction in Missouri

Reintroduction Slideshow

 

News Release (March 21, 2012) - Colorful Endangered Beetle to Return to Southwest Missouri

 

Federal Register Final Rule: Establishment of a Nonessential Experimental Population of American Burying Beetle in Southwestern Missouri (March 22, 2012)

 

St. Louis Zoo's Center American Burying Beetle Conservation

 

Natural History and Status Information:

Fact Sheet

 

South Dakota Field Office Fact Sheet

 

American burying beetle: We couldn't live without them (from the StLToday.com)

 

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Species Profile

 

American Burying Beetle 5-Year Review: March 2008 (53-page PDF 3.43MB)

 

Recovery Actions

News Release (May 17, 2012): Celebrate Endangered Species Day! Bring back the Endangered American Burying Beetle

 

Surveying for the American burying beetle (Saint Louis Zoo; Oct. 7, 2009) - YouTube Video

 

June 9, 2009: American Burying Beetle Reintroduction: Endangered Species Returned to Wayne National Forest

 

Recovering a Strange, Elusive Gravedigger by Hayley Dikeman in Spring 2009 Endangered Species Technical Bulletin

 

Reintroducing the American Burying Beetle (Aug. 2008)

 


 

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Last updated: April 14, 2014