Fish and Wildlife Service Will Not List the Bay Springs Salamander
November 2, 2010
A species historically found in a single spring in Jasper County, Mississippi, the Bay Springs salamander, may be extinct, according to scientific information gathered in a 90-day finding. Despite several searches, the species has not been located since 1964. Therefore, the Fish and Wildlife Service will not list the species as endangered under the Endangered Species Act.
On February 6, 2006, a private citizen from Denver, Colorado, petitioned the Service to list the Bay Springs salamander. Today’s decision is based upon scientific information about the species provided in the petition and information in Service files. No definitive information on the life history, distribution, or habitat of this species exists; in fact, the available information indicates the Bay Springs salamander is extinct.
Today’s Federal Register notice announcing the petition finding can be found at
Based upon this finding, the Service will not initiate a status review. However, information about the Bay Springs salamander may be submitted to Supervisor, Mississippi Field Office, 6578 Dogwood View Parkway, Suite A, Jackson, Mississippi, 39213, at any time.
The Bay Springs salamander, also called the Catahoula salamander, differs from other woodland salamanders in its very slender body shape, low costal groove count, and small legs. The species was described in 1998 from two preserved museum specimens originally collected from the springhead in Jasper, Mississippi.
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