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Mountain-Prairie Region

NEWS RELEASE

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Mountain-Prairie Region
134 Union Boulevard
Lakewood, Colorado 80228

February 5, 2009  

Contacts:  Ann Carlson 303-236-4264

                  Diane Katzenberger 303-236-4578

 

Endangered Species Act Protections for 165 Petitioned Species Not Warranted

 

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has made a partial determination regarding a petition to protect 206 species under the Endangered Species Act (ESA).  The Service found that the petition submitted by WildEarth Guardians does not contain substantial information that listing may be warranted for 165 of the petitioned species; therefore, the Service will not initiate a further status review for these species.  The public is encouraged to provide the Service any new information that becomes available regarding the status of these species or threats to them or their habitat. Two plant species included in the petition were addressed in a petition finding for 475 Southwestern species that published on January 6, 2009.  Therefore, only 204 species were reviewed for this determination.  A finding regarding the remaining 39 petitioned species will be made at a later date. 

 

The 165 species addressed in this finding are found in Arkansas, Alaska, California, Colorado, Idaho, Illinois, Kansas, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, and Wyoming and include 4 vertebrates, 71 invertebrates, and 90 plants. A list of the petitioned species can be found in the Federal Register notice published today or at the Service’s web site:  http://www.fws.gov/mountain-prairie

 

Information contained in the petition regarding the 165 species is broken down as follows: 

  • The petition provided minimal information for 90 of the species, in some cases no more information than the name of the species. 
  • Basic information on the range of 25 species was provided, but population size or abundance was rarely quantified. 
  • Threats for 47 species were described for a general area, but the petition did not link the threats to the species or the habitat occupied by the species.
  • The petition cited one or more threats to the remaining 3 species, but did not provide documentation to support significant impacts from the threats.

 

Petitions are formal requests to give a species Endangered Species Act protection as either threatened or endangered.  The Service reviews the information contained in the petition and other scientific information in our files to determine if further analysis is needed. 

 

The mission of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is working with others to conserve, protect and enhance fish, wildlife, plants and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the American people. We are both a leader and trusted partner in fish and wildlife conservation, known for our scientific excellence, stewardship of lands and natural resources, dedicated professionals and commitment to public service. For more information on our work and the people who make it happen, visit www.fws.gov.

 

-FWS-

 

List of 165 Species Included in this Finding

 

Category

Scientific Name

Common Name

Range

Group

A

Ameletus edmundsi

A Mayfly

UT

Invertebrate

A

Aquilegia grahamii

Graham's Columbine

UT

Plant

A

Aquilegia loriae

 

UT

Plant

A

Arctia sp. 1

Arctiidae Arctia

CO

Invertebrate

A

Aschisma kansanum

(Moss)

KS

Plant

A

Blancosoma scaturgo

A Cave Obligate Millipede

CO

Invertebrate

A

Brachycercus tuberculatus

A Mayfly

CO, UT

Invertebrate

A

Caecidotea metcalfi

A Cave Obligate Isopod

KS

Invertebrate

A

Caecidotea tridentate

 

IL,KS

Invertebrate

A

Camissonia bairdii

Baird's Camissonia

UT

Plant

A

Campylium cardotii

(Moss)

CAN:QC USA:MT

Plant

A

Chaetarthria utahensis

Utah Chaetarthrian Water Scavenger Beetle

UT

Invertebrate

A

Chiloscyphus gemmiparus

(Liverwort)

AK, CA, OR, UT

Plant

A

Cirsium scapanolepis

Mountainslope Thistle

CO

Plant

A

Cryptobunus cavicolus

A Cave Obligate Harvestman

MT

Invertebrate

A

Didymodon anserinocapitatus

(Moss)

CO

Plant

A

Draba brachystylis

Wasatch Draba

NV, UT

Plant

A

Draba inexpectata

Uinta Mountains draba

UT

Plant

A

Draba ramulosa

Tushar Mountain Whitlow-grass

UT

Plant

A

Ephemerella apopsis

A Mayfly

CO

Invertebrate

A

Ericameria lignumviridis

Greenwood's Heath- goldenrod

UT

Plant

A

Erigeron abajoensis

Abajo Daisy

UT

Plant

A

Erigeron awapensis

Awapa Daisy

UT

Plant

A

Erigeron huberi

 

UT

Plant

A

Erigeron zothecinus

Alcove Daisy

UT

Plant

A

Eriogonum hylophilum

Gate Canyon Wild Buckwheat

UT

Plant

A

Eriogonum mitophyllum

Lost Creek wild buckwheat

UT

Plant

A

Eriogonum phoeniceum

 

NV, UT

Plant

A

Hesperonemastoma packardi

A Cave Obligate Harvestmann

UT

Invertebrate

A

Hygrotus diversipes

Narrow-foot Hygrotus Diving Beetle

WY

Invertebrate

A

Lepidium huberi

Huber's Pepperwort

UT

Plant

A

Lepidium integrifolium

Thickleaf Pepperwort

CO, UT, WY

Plant

A

Leptophlebia konza

Konza Prairie Mayfly

KS

Invertebrate

A

Melanoplus missoulae

A Spur-throat Grasshopper

MT

Invertebrate

A

Melanoplus sp. 1

 

MT

Invertebrate

A

Melanoplus sp. 40

 

CO

Invertebrate

A

Melanoplus sp. 41

 

CO

Invertebrate

A

Melanoplus sp. 42

 

UT

Invertebrate

A

Melanoplus sp. 47

 

UT

Invertebrate

A

Melanoplus sp. 49

 

CO

Invertebrate

A

Mentzelia goodrichii

Goodrich's Blazingstar

UT

Plant

A

Micarea ternaria

(Lichen)

MT

Plant

A

Neotrichia downsi

A Caddisfly

CO

Invertebrate

A

Oenothera murdockii

 

UT

Plant

A

Ogaridiscus subrupicola

Southern Tightcoil

ID, OR, UT

Invertebrate

A

Oncopodura cruciata

A Springtail

MT

Invertebrate

A

Oreohelix hendersoni

Pallid Mountainsnail

CO

Invertebrate

A

Oreohelix howardi

Mill Creek Mountainsnail

UT

Invertebrate

A

Oreohelix parawanensis

Brian Head Mountainsnail

UT

Invertebrate

A

Ozobryum ogalalense

(Moss)

KS, NE

Plant

A

Packera castoreus

Beaver Mountain Groundsel

UT

Plant

A

Packera malmstenii

Podunk Groundsel

UT

Plant

A

Paraleptophlebia calcarica

A Prongill Mayfly

AR, KS

Invertebrate

A

Phacelia argylensis

Argyle Canyon Phacelia

UT

Plant

A

Phacelia indecora

Drab Phacelia

NN, UT

Plant

A

Pheidole elecebra

An Ant

CO

Invertebrate

A

Physaria grahamii

Graham's Twinpod

UT

Plant

A

Physaria repanda

Repand Twinpod

UT

Plant

A

Physaria stylosa

Duchesne River Twinpod

UT

Plant

A

Planorbella oregonensis

Lamb Rams-horn

OR, UT

Invertebrate

A

Polydesmus cavicola

A Millipede

UT

Invertebrate

A

Potentilla macounii

Macoun's Cinquefoil

CAN: AB USA: MT

Plant

A

Proctacanthus sp. 1

Robber Fly From Colorado

CO

Invertebrate

A

Pyrgulopsis chamberlini

Smooth Glenwood Pyrg

UT

Invertebrate

A

Pyrgulopsis inopinata

Carinate Glenwood Pyrg

UT

Invertebrate

A

Pyrgulopsis nonaria

Ninemile Pyrg

UT

Invertebrate

A

Pyrgulopsis plicata

Black Canyon Pyrg

UT

Invertebrate

A

Ranunculus coloradensis

Colorado Buttercup

CO

Plant

A

Riccia ozarkiana

(Liverwort)

AK, KS, MO

Plant

A

Senecio musiniensis

Musinea Ragwort

UT

Plant

A

Senecio spribillei

 

MT

Plant

A

Speodesmus aquiliensis

A Cave Obligate Millipede

CO

Invertebrate

A

Sphaeralcea janeae

Jane's Globemallow

UT

Plant

A

Sphalloplana kansensis

Kansas Planarian (flatworm)

KS

Invertebrate

A

Stagnicola elrodiana

Longmouth Pondsnail

MT

Invertebrate

A

Stygobromus coloradensis

A Cave Obligate Amphipod

CO

Invertebrate

A

Stygobromus fontinalis

Spring Amphipod

CO

Invertebrate

A

Stygobromus holsingeri

An Amphipod

CO

Invertebrate

A

Stygobromus montanensis

A Cave Obligate Amphipod

MT

Invertebrate

A

Stygobromus obscurus

A Cave Obligate Amphipod

MT

Invertebrate

A

Stygobromus puteanus

A Cave Obligate Amphipod

MT

Invertebrate

A

Stygobromus simplex

Simple Amphipod

CO

Invertebrate

A

Stygobromus tritus

A Cave Obligate Amphipod

MT

Invertebrate

A

Stygobromus utahensis

Utah Amphipod

UT

Invertebrate

A

Stygobromus wardi

Ward's Amphipod

CO

Invertebrate

A

Suwallia salish

A Stonefly

MT

Invertebrate

A

Sweltsa cristata

A Stonefly

UT

Invertebrate

A

Verrucaria kootenaica

(Lichen)

MT

Plant

A

Vertigo hannai

Hanna's Vertigo

CAN: ON USA: IL, KS

Invertebrate

A

Webbhelix chadwicki

Kaw Whitelip

KS, NE

Plant

B

Allomyia hector

A Caddisfly

CAN:AB USA:MT

Invertebrate

B

Amblyderus werneri

Great Sand Dunes Anthicid Beetle

CO

Invertebrate

B

Cryptomastix sanburni

Kingston Oregonian

ID, MT

Invertebrate

B

Cryptantha compacta

Compact Cat's-eye

UT

Plant

B

Cryptantha johnstonii

Johnston Catseye

UT

Plant

B

Draba kassii

Kass's Rockcress

UT

Plant

B

Erigeron wilkenii

Wilken's Fleabane

CO

Plant

B

Hackelia gracilenta

Colorado Stickseed

CO

Plant

B

Helisoma newberryi

Great Basin Rams-horn

CA,WY, ID(Extirpated), NV, OR, UT(Extirpated)

Invertebrate

B

Heterocampa rufinans

A Notodontid Moth

CO

Invertebrate

B

Hymenoclea sandersonii

Sanderson's Cheesebush

UT

Plant

B

Hymenoxys lapidicola

Rock Hymenoxys

UT

Plant

B

Mentzelia shultziorum

Shultz Stickleaf

UT

Plant

B

Oreohelix alpine

Alpine Mountainsnail

MT

Invertebrate

B

Oreohelix pygmaea

Pygmy Mountainsnail

WY

Invertebrate

B

Penstemon franklinii

Ben Franklin's Beardtongue

UT

Plant

B

Penstemon navajoa

Navajo Beardtongue

NN, UT

Plant

B

Physella spelunca

Cave Physa

WY

Invertebrate

B

Physella zionis

Wet-rock Physa

UT

Invertebrate

B

Potentilla cottamii

Cottam's Potentilla

NV, UT

Plant

B

Primula domensis

House Range Primrose

UT

Plant

B

Pyrgulopsis fusca

Otter Creek Pyrg

UT

Invertebrate

B

Sclerocactus blainei

Blaine's Pincushion

NV, UT

Plant

B

Sclerocactus contortus

Canyonland Fishhook Cactus

UT

Plant

B

Talinum thompsonii

Thompson's Talinum

UT

Plant

C

Allium passeyi

Passey's Onion

UT

Plant

C

Arabis falcatoria

Grouse Creek Rockcress

NV, UT

Plant

C

Astragalus avonensis

 

UT

Plant

C

Astragalus loanus

Glenwood Milk-vetch

UT

Plant

C

Capnia Arapahoe

A Stonefly

CO

Invertebrate

C

Cottus extensus

Bear Lake Sculpin

ID, UT

Vertebrate

C

Cryptantha gypsophila

Gypsum Valley Cateye

CO

Plant

C

Cryptantha ochroleuca

Yellow-white Catseye

UT

Plant

C

Cuscuta plattensis

Wyoming Dodder

WY

Plant

C

Cymopterus minimus

Cedar Breaks Biscuitroot

UT

Plant

C

Descurainia torulosa

Wyoming Tansymustard

WY

Plant

C

Eriogonum cronquistii

Cronquist's Wild Buckwheat

UT

Plant

C

Eriogonum smithii

Smith's Wild Buckwheat

UT

Plant

C

Gilia sedifolia

Stonecrop Gily-flower

CO

Plant

C

Hackelia ibapensis

Deep Creek Stickseed

UT

Plant

C

Lesquerella humilis

Few-seeded Bladderpod or Bitterroot Bladderpod

MT

Plant

C

Lesquerella lesicii

Pryor Mountains Bladderpod or Lesica’s Bladderpod

MT

Plant

C

Lygodesmia entrada

Entrada Skeletonplant

UT

Plant

C

Microcylloepus browni

Brown's Microcylloepus Riffle Beetle

CAN: MB USA: MT

Invertebrate

C

Mimulus gemmiparus

Weber's Monkeyflower

CO

Plant

C

Oreohelix elrodi

Carinate Mountainsnail

CAN: MB USA: MT

Invertebrate

C

Oreohelix eurekensis

Eureka Mountainsnail

UT

Invertebrate

C

Oreoxis humilis

Pikes Peak Spring-parsley

CO

Plant

C

Oreoxis trotteri

Trotter's Oreoxis

UT

Plant

C

Oreohelix sp. 5

Brunson Mountainsnail

MT

Invertebrate

C

Oreohelix sp. 6

Kintla Lake Mountainsnail

MT

Invertebrate

C

Oreohelix sp. 7

Kitchen Creek Mountainsnail

MT

Invertebrate

C

Oreohelix sp. 11

Subcarinate Mountainsnail

MT

Invertebrate

C

Perityle specuicola

Alcove Rockdaisy

NN, UT

Plant

C

Physaria dornii

Dorn's Twinpod

WY

Plant

C

Physaria pulvinata

Cushion Bladderpod

CO

Plant

C

Potentilla angelliae

Angell Cinquefoil

UT

Plant

C

Prosopium abyssicola

Bear Lake Whitefish

ID, UT

Vertebrate

C

Prosopium gemmifer

Bonneville Cisco

ID, NV(Exotic), UT

Vertebrate

C

Prosopium spilonotus

Bonneville Whitefish

ID, UT

Vertebrate

C

Pyrgulopsis bedfordensis

A Freshwater Snail

MT

Invertebrate

C

Stagnicola elrodi

Flathead Pondsnail

MT

Invertebrate

C

Thelesperma caespitosum

Green River Greenthread

UT, WY

Plant

C

Thelesperma pubescens

Uinta Greenthread

UT, WY

Plant

C

Townsendia microcephala

Cedar Mountain Easter-daisy

WY

Plant

C

Trifolium barnebyi

Barneby's Clover

WY

Plant

C

Viola clauseniana

Clausen's Violet

UT

Plant

C

Viola frank-smithii

Frank Smith's Violet

UT

Plant

C

Viola lithion

Rock Violet

NV, UT

Plant

C

Xanthoparmelia idahoensis

(Lichen)

CAN:AB USA:CO, ID

Plant

C

Xanthoparmelia neowyomingica

(Lichen)

CO, WY

Plant

C

Xylorhiza cronquistii

Cronquist's Woody-aster

UT

Plant

D

Eriogonum ammophilum

Ibex Wild Buckwheat

UT

Plant

D

Optioservus phaeus

Scott Optioservus Riffle Beetle

KS

Invertebrate

D

Penstemon pinorum

Pinyon Penstemon

UT

Plant