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Desert Yellowhead
(Yermo xanthocephalus)

Status: Threatened

Desert YellowheadPhoto Credit: FWS - Skora


Desert Yellowhead Section 7 Range

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Wyoming Section 7 Range
Desert Yellowhead

Potential Distribution in Wyoming

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Section 7 Range

Under Section 7 of the Endangered Species Act of 1973, Federal agencies, or project proponents whose actions have a Federal nexus (e.g., Federal funding, permit, or lease), must consult with the U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service if their actions “may affect” listed species (endangered, threatened, proposed, candidate) or their habitat.  Section 7 species ranges identify those areas on the landscape where agencies or proponents should consider potential effects, both direct and indirect, to the species and their habitat.  These Section 7 species ranges typically encompass larger areas than specific locations where listed species are known to occur.  Project proponents are encouraged to refer to the Service’s Information, Planning, and Conservation System (IPAC) website at http://ecos.fws.gov/ipac/ or to contact the FWS Wyoming Ecological Services Office for additional information http://www.fws.gov/wyominges/ :307-772-2374.  (Section 7 Range boundaries based on the best available data at time of development.  Section 7 Ranges will be updated as new information becomes available.)

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Species Information

Desert yellowhead (Yermo xanthocephalus) is a perennial herb with leafy stems up to 12 inches in height.  Flower heads consist of 4–6 yellow disk flowers crowded at the top of the stem.  The desert yellowhead is endemic to the Beaver Rim area on the western edge of the Sweetwater Plateau and Wind River Basin in southern Fremont County, Wyoming.  The plants occur in shallow wind excavated hollows with shallow loamy soils and sparse vegetation.  The main threat to the plant is potential resource extraction, such as uranium mining or oil and gas development.  Additional threats include direct disturbance from activities such as off-road vehicle use and trampling.  Surveys for desert yellowhead should occur from mid-June to August when flowering occurs.  Surveys should be conducted by knowledgeable botanists trained in conducting rare plant surveys.  The Service does not maintain a list of "qualified" surveyors but can refer those wishing to become familiar with desert yellowhead to experts who can provide training/services.  Critical habitat is designated for desert yellowhead in Fremont County, Wyoming and consists of 360 acres of Bureau of Land Management administered lands within Sections 27 and 34, Township 31 North, Range 95 West.

Additional Information

- Desert Yellowhead 5 Year Review

- Desert Yellowhead 2010 Recovery Outline


Desert Yellowhead Critical Habitat

Desert Yellowhead Critical Habitat




Counties with Desert Yellowhead Critical Habitat.

Fremont County

Last updated: March 21, 2014