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Rabbitsfoot (Quadrula cylindrica cylindrica)
May 9, 2013 - Comment Period Reopened
The rabbitsfoot is a freshwater mussel 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 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.
Two Public Information Meetings in Missouri
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)
Proposed Critical Habitat Unit Maps
Last updated: May 14, 2013