Ovate Amber Snail (Novisuccinea chittenangoensis):
Federal Status: Listed as Threatened in 1978
NY State Status: Listed as Endangered in 1977
NY State Department of Environmental Conservation
More Information is available on our National
Endangered Species Website
Revised Recovery Plan:
Draft Revised Recovery Plan for the Chittenango Ovate Amber Snail
is now available for public review and comment. Recovery plans
present a blueprint for action by Federal and State agencies,
other organizations, and individuals interested in helping recover
this threatened snail.
on the draft plan for the Chittenango ovate amber snail
may be directed in writing to: Field Supervisor, U.S. Fish
and Wildlife Service, New York Field Office, 3817 Luke Road,
Cortland, NY 13045, by e-mail to email@example.com, or
by fax to 607-753-9699. Comments must be received by Jan.
15, 2004. Copies of the draft recovery plan are available
below, or by writing to the above address or calling 607-753-9334.
FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Robyn Niver at the above address
or telephone, or e-mail Robyn_Niver@fws.gov.
Register Notice of Availability of the Draft Revised
Recovery Plan for the Chittenango Ovate Amber Snail for
Review and Comment - December 5, 2003
Revised Recovery Plan for the Chittenango Ovate Amber
Snail (PDF format)
Release: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Seeks Comment on Draft
Plan - December 12, 2003
ovate amber snail (USFWS)
The Chittenango ovate amber
snail is only known to occur at Chittenango Falls State
Park, Chittenango, New York. NYSDEC biologist, Alvin Breisch,
has been involved with monitoring efforts at the site since
the 1980s but much remains to be learned about this invertebrate.
For example, what will be the long term effects to the Chittenango
ovate amber snail from the invasion of an exotic snail (Succinea
sp. B) which has spread throughout the watershed? Can this
original inhabitor survive additional threats from its small
population size and extremely limited range, potential water
quality changes, and human disturbance?
Partners, including the NYSDEC, the State University of
New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry (ESF),
the Seneca Park, Rosamond Gifford and Brookfield zoos, and
Bristol-Myers Squib, have assisted with annual searches
for the Chittenango ovate amber snail. In 2002, ESF professor,
Dr. James Gibbs, graduate student James Arrigoni, and Breisch
initiated a mark-release-recapture study to better estimate
the current population size of the snail at the falls. This
research continued in 2003 with Kris Whiteleather, independent
contractor, and Joe Brown, zoo keeper at Rosamond Gifford
Zoo, spearheading the efforts. Our field office and other
volunteers have also assisted with these efforts.
During a 15-minute period, a group of people carefully
combed through the vegetation and removed all located snails.
The snails were then separated into Chittenango ovate amber snail
and Succinea sp. B, counted, and either marked and released (Chittenango
ovate amber snail) or removed from the watershed (Succinea sp.
B). Overall, for 2002, 105 individual Chittenango ovate amber
snails were marked and 1252 sp. B were removed. The final report
is not yet available for 2003. The study will be completed after
the third and final year of data collection in 2004.
For further information on the Chittenango ovate
amber snail, please contact the New York Field Office at 607-753-9334.
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