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U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to Review Status of 103 Hawaiian Species
Latest scientific and commercial information sought for update

March 16, 2009


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The Pacific Islands Fish and Wildlife Office of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced today it is initiating 5-year reviews of 103 species from Hawaii protected under the federal Endangered Species Act.

To assist in its reviews, the Service is opening a 60-day public comment period for the submission of scientific and commercial information relevant to their listing status under the Act. The public, government agencies, tribes, industry and the scientific and conservation communities are asked to submit information by May 15, 2009.

The species to be reviewed include 1 bat, 5 birds, 41 tree snails, and 56 plants. A list of the species, along with their current classification status, is provided below.
Periodic status reviews of all listed species are required by the ESA at least once every 5 years to determine whether a species classification as threatened or endangered is still appropriate. If the best scientific and commercial data produced since the time of listing are not consistent with the current classification of any species, the Service will recommend a change in the species federal classification. A species could be recommended for reclassification from endangered to threatened (downlisting), from threatened to endangered (uplisting), or for removal from the federal list of threatened and endangered species (delisting).

Any recommended change in classification would be subject to a separate rule-making process that includes opportunities for public review and comment. If no change in classification is recommended, the species would remain under its current listing status.

Information that is considered in a status review includes:
  • Species biology, including but not limited to, population trends, distribution, abundance, demographics and genetics;
  • Habitat conditions including, but not limited to, amount, distribution and suitability;
  • Conservation measures that have been implemented that benefit the species;
  • Threat status and trends; and
  • Other new information, data or corrections including, but not limited to, taxonomic or nomenclatural changes, identification of erroneous information contained in the list, and improved analytical methods.
As published in todays Federal Register, the Service is initiating reviews for the 103 species shown in the table below. More information on each of the species can be found at

Common Name Scientific Name Status Distribution
ANIMALS (47)      
Bat, Hawaiian hoary Lasiurus cinereus semotus E Hawai?i, Maui O?ahu, Kaua?i
Finch, Nihoa Telespyza ultima E Nihoa Island
Goose, Hawaiian (= N?n?) Branta (=Nesochen) sandvicensis E Hawai?i, Maui, Kaua?i
Honeycreeper, crested Palmeria dolei E Maui
Parrotbill, Maui Pseudonestor xanthophrys E Maui
Petrel, Hawaiian dark-rumped Pterodroma phaeopygia sandwichensis E Hawai?i, Maui, Lana?i, Kaua?i
Snails, O?ahu tree
(41 species)
Achatinella spp. E O?ahu
PLANTS (56)      
"Ahinahina Argyroxiphium sandwicense ssp. Macrocephalum T Maui
"Akoko Chamaesyce kuwaleana E O?ahu
"Akoko Chamaesyce rockii E O?ahu
"Awikiwiki Canavalia molokaiensis E Moloka?i
"Oha wai Clermontia oblongifolia ssp. Brevipes E Moloka?i
"Oha wai Clermontia oblongifolia ssp. Mauiensis E Maui, Lana'i

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