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Rabbitsfoot (Quadrula cylindrica cylindrica)
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
Sept. 17, 2013: Rabbitsfoot Listed as Threatened
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.
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.
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)
Last updated: July 16, 2014