Peer Review of Scientific Information
Pacific Region

Listing 23 Species as Endangered and Designating Critical Habitat for 122 Species on Oahu

About the Document

Title: Proposed Designation of Critical Habitat for 11 Species of Picture-wing Flies from the Hawaiian Islands.
Subject and Purpose: Documentation of the proposed listing of 20 plants, Bidens amplectens, Cyanea calycina, Cyanea lanceolata, Cyanea purpurellifolia, Cyrtandra gracilis, Cyrtandra kaulantha, Cyrtandra sessilis, Cyrtandra waiolani, Doryopteris takeuchii, Korthalsella degeneri, Melicope christophersenii, Melicope hiiakae, Melicope makahae, Platydesma cornuta var. cornuta, Platydesma cornuta var. decurrens, Pleomele forbesii, Psychotria hexandra ssp. oahuensis, Pteralyxia macrocarpa, Tetraplasandra lydgatei, and Zanthoxylum oahuense ; and 3 damselflies, the blackline, crimson, and oceanic Hawaiian damselflies (Megalagrion nigrohamatum nigrolineatum, Megalagrion leptodemas, and Megalagrion oceanicum) as endangered, and critical habitat designation concurrent with listing.  In addition, reproposing critical habitat for 99 listed plant species, and designate critical habitat for two plants that are already listed as endangered, to establish an integrated, comprehensive ecosystem-based critical habitat designation for all 122 species. 
Importance of Scientific Information: The proposed listing and critical habitat designation documents regulatory effects under the Endangered Species Act.

About the Peer Review Process

Type of review:  Letter.
Number of reviewers:  Letters to at least three peer reviewers requesting peer review will be distributed upon publication of the proposed rule, expected to publish August 2, 2011.  The peer review report will be made available after that date.
Reviewer Expertise: Hawaiian plant biology and conservation, habitat restoration, Hawaiian vegetation ecology and management; Hawaiian damselfly biology and ecology, conservation and habitat restoration.
Selection of Peer Reviewer: Peer reviewers will be selected based on their expertise with the subject matter and have no conflicts of interest as described in the Office of Management Peer Review Guidelines
Management of Peer Reviewer: The peer review will be managed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. 

About Public Participation

The public will be provided the opportunity to comment on this peer review plan and on the proposed rule.  Public comments will be forwarded to the peer reviewers with the material that needs to be peer reviewed..


Christa Russell, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Pacific Islands Office, 300 Ala Moana Blvd., Rm 3-122, Honolulu, HI 96850; phone (808) 792-9400; email:


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