Fish and Wildlife Service Initiates Review of the Striped Newt’s Status
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 23, 2010
NOTE: A photo of an adult striped newt is available by contacting Elsie_Davis@fws.gov or by downloading it from the Service’s website at http://www.fws.gov/southeast/news/
The striped newt may warrant federal protection as a threatened species, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced today, following an initial review of a petition seeking to protect the species under the Endangered Species Act (ESA).
Today’s decision, commonly known as a 90-day finding, means that the information provided in the petition and available in the Service’s files indicates that listing might be appropriate for the striped newt. This action is not a formal proposal of any type. The Service will now undertake a more thorough status review of the species throughout its entire range to determine whether to propose it for listing under the Act.
Striped newts are small salamanders (less than five inches long) that are endemic to the lower southeastern coastal plain of Florida and Georgia. They occur in what were historically longleaf pine-dominated savanna, scrub, or sandhill habitats and breed in shallow, isolated, temporary ponds.
The Service is soliciting scientific and commercial data and other information regarding striped newts in order to ensure that the status review is comprehensive.
Anyone wishing to submit information regarding the striped newt may do so via one of the following methods:
- Federal eRulemaking Portal: http://www.regulations.gov. Follow the instructions for submitting comments.
- U.S. mail or hand-delivery: Public Comments Processing, Attn: FWS-R4-ES-2010-0007. Division of Policy and Directives Management; U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service; 4401 N. Fairfax Drive, Suite 222; Arlington, VA 22203.
The Service will post all information received on http://www.regulations.gov. This generally means that any personal information provided will be posted.
Please note that submissions merely stating support for or opposition to the action under consideration without providing supporting information, although noted, will not be considered in making a determination. Section 4(b)(1)(A) of the Act directs that determinations as to whether any species is threatened or endangered must be made “solely on the basis of the best scientific and commercial data available.” Information must be received by May 24, 2010.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is the principal federal agency responsible for conserving, protecting and enhancing fish, wildlife and plants and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the American people. Visit the Service’s website at http://www.fws.gov or http://www.fws.gov/southeast/.