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Fish and Wildlife Service Conducts Five-Year Status Reviews of 14 Caribbean Species

August 17, 2016


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Puerto Rican boa. Credit: Jan Paul Zegarra, USFWS.
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The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will conduct five-year status reviews of 12 endangered and two threatened species occurring in the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico or the U.S. Virgin Islands.  The public is invited to provide information and comments concerning these species on or before October 18, 2016.

These five-year reviews will ensure listing classifications under the Endangered Species Act (ESA) are accurate.  In addition to reviewing the classification of these species, a five--year review presents an opportunity to track the species’ recovery progress.  It may benefit species by providing valuable information to guide future conservation efforts.  Information gathered during a review can assist in making funding decisions, consideration related to reclassifying species status, conducting interagency consultations, making permitting decisions, and determining whether to update recovery plans, and other actions under the ESA.

This notice announces a review of two birds, two boas, and eight plants currently listed as endangered:  Yellow-shouldered blackbird, Puerto Rican plain pigeon, Puerto Rican boa, Virgin Islands boa, and the plants Auerodendron pauciflorum, Catesbaea melanocarpa, Elaphoglossum serpens, Mitracarpus maxwelliae, M. polycladus, Polystichum calderonense, Tectaria estremerana, and bariaco (Trichilia triacantha).

This notice also announces the Service’s review of two species currently listed as threatened: Guajón, a frog, and Higo chumbo, a cactus.  

Specifically, this review seeks information on: species biology, including population trends, distribution, abundance, demographics, and genetics; habitat conditions, including amount, distribution, and suitability; conservation measures that have been implemented; threat status and trends; and other new information, data, or corrections, including taxonomic or nomenclatural changes; identification of erroneous information contained in the ESA list; and improved analytical methods.

Comments and materials received will be available for public inspection by appointment.

The Federal Register notice announcing the status review of these 14 federally listed species is available on-line.

Written comments and information on the specific species may be e-mailed, faxed, or sent by regular mail to: Caribbean Ecological Services Field Office, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Road 301, Km. 5.1, P.O. Box 491, Boquerón, PR 00622; fax 787-851-7440.    

The specific contacts for each species are listed here:


Yellow-shouldered blackbird and Puerto Rican plain pigeon:  José Cruz-Burgos, 787-851-7297 ext. 218, josé  


Puerto Rican boa: Jan Zegarra, 787-851-7297 ext. 220,  

Virgin Islands boa: Carlos Pacheco, 787-851-7297 ext. 221,  


Guajón:  Jan Zegarra, 787-851-7297 ext. 220,    


Auerodendron pauciflorum and Bariaco:   Jose Martinez, 787-851-7297 ext. 219,  

Catesbea melanocarpa: Maritza Vargas, 787-851-7297 ext. 215,  

Mitracarpus maxwelliae and M. polycladus:  Carlos Pacheco, 787-851-7297 ext. 221,  

Elaphoglossum serpens, Polystichum calderonense, Tectaria estremerana, and higo chumbo:  Xiomara Labiosa, 787-851-7297 ext. 222,

Information contained in older news items may be outdated. These materials are made available as historical archival information only. Individual contacts have been replaced with general External Affairs office information. No other updates have been made to the information and we do not guarantee current accuracy or completeness.

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