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Neosho Mucket (Lampsilis rafinesqueana)

 

Photo of a Neosho mucket.

Photo by Chris Barnhart

 

Status: Endangered (listed Sept. 17, 2013)


Lead Region: Region 4


Region 3 Lead Office: Columbia Missouri Field Office

 

The Neosho Mucket, a freshwater mussel, is an endangered species. It is found in rivers and streams in Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri, and Oklahoma. We estimate the Neosho mucket has been lost from about 62 percent of its historical range with only 9 of 16 historical populations remaining. This mussel is declining throughout its range with only one of the remaining nine populations considered a large, viable population.

 

Sept. 19, 2013: Recovering Aquatic Life in Missouri - - Neosho mucket is a featured species in this article.

 

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: Neosho Mucket Listed as Endangered

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 Maps in Missouri

 

May 9, 2013:

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

We are reopened 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, the draft economic analysis and draft environmental assessment of the proposed chritical habitat designation were 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. 

 

Public comment period closed 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)

 

October 16, 2012:

Proposal to List as Endangered and Designate Critical Habitat

 

News Release (Oct. 15, 2012) 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

 

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)

 

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

 

Proposed Critical Habitat Maps in Missouri

 


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Last updated: July 16, 2014