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  • A dozen or so small grey fish next to a ruler.
    Information icon Adult saltmarsh topminnows. Photo by Ronald Paille, USFWS.

    Looking for the saltmarsh topminnow in coastal Louisiana

    March 12, 2019 | 3 minute read

    The Fish and Wildlife Service has been petitioned by WildEarth Guardians to list the saltmarsh topminnow under the Endangered Species Act. Not much is known about the topminnow’s distribution and biology so the Service is researching this species. According to scientific literature, the topminnow occurs in marshes along the northern Gulf of Mexico coast. It is a small non-migratory estuarine fish which reaches up to three inches long. It forages on the marsh surface during high tides, and retreats to small tidal creeks and rivulets during low tide.  Learn more...


  • A brown salamander with bright white spots walks across a lichen covered rock
    A petition to list the Caddo Mountain salamander was found to be “not substantial” in June 2015. Photo by Aposematic herpetologist, CC-BY-NC 2.0.

    90-Day Petition Findings

    A 90-day finding is a formal evaluation of a claim made within a petition under the Endangered Species Act that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service consider modifications to the existing federal laws to protect a species. It does not list a species as protected.  Learn more...



  • A close up photo of a gray-silver salamander walking on a layer of wet moss.
    Cheoah bald salamander. Photo by Andy Kraemer, CC BY-NC 2.0.

    Hundreds of species examined for the endangered species list

    October 23, 2011 | 2 minute read

    Transcript Greetings and welcome to the Southern Appalachian Creature Feature. The Southeastern United States, including the Southern Appalachians, is a global center of aquatic biodiversity, which includes nearly 500 different fish, more than 300 snails, and nearly 300 mussels. Unfortunately many of those species are imperiled enough to be protected by the Endangered Species Act, and that number may go up in the coming months. The Endangered Species Act allows anyone to ask, or petition, the Fish & Wildlife Service to place a plant or animal on the federal endangered species list.  Learn more...

  • A small furry bat in a crevice of a cave with patches of white fungus on its face and shoulder.
    Information icon A northern-long-eared bat with suspected White Nose Syndrome. Photo by Steve Taylor, University of Illinois.

    Bats step closer to endangered species list

    August 1, 2011 | 2 minute read

    Transcript Greetings and welcome to the Southern Appalachian Creature Feature. White-nose syndrome is a deadly bat disease that has killed more than a million bats in the Eastern United States. Many have asked what this means for the long-term survival of entire species of bats, and we may be beginning to get an idea. The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service maintains the federal list of threatened and endangered species. Under the Endangered Species Act, anyone can ask the Service to add a plant or animal to that list, and based on the information they provide and information the Service already has, wildlife biologists may decide to investigate further, possibly deciding to add the species to the list.  Learn more...

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