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  • Tiny fish swim out of a plastic bag aand into a stream
    Information icon Barrens topminnows being released into Short Springs. Photo, Erin Johnson, USFWS.

    Final listing of Barrens topminnow as endangered under Endangered Species Act

    October 18, 2019 | 3 minute read

    What is the Barrens topminnow? The Barrens topminnow is a small, colorful fish that reaches up to four inches in length native only to Tennessee. Barrens topminnows have upturned mouths, flattened heads and backs, and rounded fins with dorsal and anal fins set far back on the body. Males are very showy during the spawning season, with bodies displaying bright, iridescent background colors of greens, blues and reddish orange spots, and their fins colored yellow.  Learn more...

  • A close-up photograph of a grey and tan gecko standing on dark, organic soil
    Information icon Monito gecko. Photo by JP Zegarra, USFWS.

    Removal of the Monito gecko from the federal list of endangered and threatened wildlife

    October 2, 2019 | 4 minute read

    What action is the Service taking? Following an in-depth status review, the Service is finalizing its proposal to remove the Monito gecko from the federal list of endangered and threatened animals. The Service has determined that the Monito gecko is recovered and no longer warrants listing under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). This decision is based on the best available science for the species. How are the endangered and threatened classifications defined?  Learn more...

  • A bright white flower similar to a hydrangea emerges from a leafy green plant
    Information icon Running buffalo clover. Photo by USFWS.

    Proposal to remove running buffalo clover from the list of endangered species

    August 26, 2019 | 5 minute read

    What action is the Service taking with the running buffalo clover? The Service is proposing to remove Endangered Species Act protection for the running buffalo clover. The proposed rule to delist the running buffalo clover published in the Federal Register on August 27, 2019. Before making a final decision on the delisting proposal, the Service must gather and analyze public comments and any new information. Publication of the proposed rule opens a 60-day public comment period, which closes on October 28, 2019.  Learn more...

  • A half dozen large silver fish jumping out of the water to a height of six feet.
    Information icon School of jumping silver carp. Photo by Ryan Hagerty, USFWS.

    Asian carp in Southeastern waters

    July 30, 2019 | 4 minute read

    The spread of four species of large carp—bighead, black, grass, and silver— threatens the Southeast’s renowned aquatic biodiversity and local outdoor economies. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and its federal and state partners are on the front line fighting Asian carp in southeastern waters. The asian carp problem Extensive flooding in the 1970s forced Asian carp into rivers, streams and lakes and the fish have continued to migrate. Large portions of the nation’s river systems are now occupied by one or more species of Asian carp.  Learn more...

  • A tiny greenish brown fish in front of a white ruler.
    Information icon Spring pygmy sunfish. Photo by Matt Laschet, USFWS.

    Spring pygmy sunfish designation of critical habitat

    May 29, 2019 | 5 minute read

    What is the spring pygmy sunfish and where does it occur? The spring pygmy sunfish is a spring-associated fish which is currently found in spring systems in the Tennessee River drainage in northern Alabama. Understanding of the distribution of the spring pygmy sunfish changed in 2015 with the discovery of the fish in Blackwell Swamp on Wheeler National Wildlife Refuge. Currently the spring pygmy sunfish is known from Beaverdam Spring/Creek in Limestone County and Blackwell Swamp in Madison County.  Learn more...

  • A small catfish with brown and white markings and long barbells extending from its mouth.
    Information icon Carolina madtom. Photo by Scott Smith and Fritz Rohde.

    Proposed Endangered Species Act findings for the Carolina madtom and Neuse River waterdog

    May 21, 2019 | 18 minute read

    What action is the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) taking? The Service is proposing to list the Carolina madtom as an endangered species throughout its range and the Neuse River waterdog as a threatened species throughout its range with a 4(d) rule. We are also proposing designation of critical habitat for both species and releasing a draft economic analysis. What is the difference between threatened and endangered species? Under the Endangered Species Act (ESA), an endangered species is currently in danger of becoming extinct throughout all or a significant portion of its range, while a threatened species is likely to become endangered in the foreseeable future.  Learn more...

  • A black beetle with orange markings on its back, the ends of its antenae and its fore legs
    Information icon American burying beetle. Photo by Mark Dumont, CC BY-NC 2.0.

    American burying beetle Endangered Species Act downlisting proposal and 4(d) rule

    May 1, 2019 | 13 minute read

    What is the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service proposing? The Service is proposing to downlist the American burying beetle from endangered to threatened under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). This proposal is based on a thorough review of the best available science and information, including the recently completed Species Status Assessment (SSA), indicating the beetle is not presently in danger of extinction throughout all or a significant portion of its range.  Learn more...

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