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Final Draft Recovery Plan for Devils River Minnow Submitted
Southwest Region, July 14, 2005
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The Austin Ecological Services Office submitted a draft final Recovery Plan for the Devils River Minnow (Dionda diaboli) July 14, 2005. The species was listed as threatened in 1999, under the Endangered Species Act. Devils River minnow is also listed as a threatened species by the State of Texas. It is known only from streams in Kinney and Val Verde counties, Texas, and the Río Salado drainage of northern Mexico. Threats facing the species include habitat loss and degradation (water quantity and quality) and impacts from non-native species. Devils River minnow depends on constant, clean flowing spring waters, which are under significant threat of failure when groundwater levels decline.

Proposed recovery actions include to: (1) maintain and enhance Devils River minnow populations and habitats range-wide; (2) control the invasion of non-native species; (3) establish additional Devils River minnow populations within the historic range, specifically in Las Moras Creek; and (4) maintain genetic reserves of Devils River minnow through captive propagation.

Contact Info: Martin Valdez, 505-248-6599, martin_valdez@fws.gov
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