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  • 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, brown and yellow fish with iridescent scales around its gills
    Information icon A female spring pygmy sunfish. Photo by Matt Laschet.

    Spring pygmy sunfish critical habitat proposal

    November 2, 2018 | 6 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...

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

    Service finalizes critical habitat for spring pygmy sunfish

    May 29, 2019 | 3 minute read

    After the discovery of a new population of spring pygmy sunfish and review of scientific information, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) has finalized critical habitat for the fish in three areas in Alabama: two in Limestone County, and one in Madison County. Two of these units are currently occupied by the sunfish, while the third unit was historically occupied, but is currently not inhabited by the species. The Service determined the unoccupied unit contains suitable habitat for the species.  Read the full story...

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    Information icon Everglades snail kite at Lake Kissimmee, Florida. Photo by South Florida Wetland Management District.

    U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service conducts five-year status reviews of 36 Southeastern species

    April 11, 2019 | 6 minute read

    As part of the process mandated by the Endangered Species Act (ESA), the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will conduct five-year status reviews of 36 endangered or threatened fish, wildlife, and plants. They are found in the Southeastern United States and Puerto Rico. The public is invited to provide information and comments concerning these species on or before June 10, 2019. These five-year reviews will ensure listing classifications under the ESA are accurate, and recommend changes in status where appropriate based on the latest science and analysis.  Read the full story...

  • A small, brown and yellow fish with iridescent scales around its gills
    Information icon A female spring pygmy sunfish. Photo by Matt Laschet.

    New population of spring pygmy sunfish discovered

    November 2, 2018 | 3 minute read

    To protect one of only two known populations of a rare, threatened Alabama fish, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) is proposing to designate a swamp in Wheeler National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) as critical habitat for the species. A new population of spring pygmy sunfish was discovered in the swamp in late 2015. The proposed critical habitat designation will help guard against the sunfish’s extinction and support recovery efforts by local, state and federal partners.  Read the full story...

  • A small greenish yellow fish with grey fins.
    Information icon Spring pygmy sunfish. Photo by Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources.

    Service proposes to protect the spring pygmy sunfish and designate Critical Habitat under the Endangered Species Act

    October 1, 2012 | 5 minute read

    Current evidence suggests that the spring pygmy sunfish may become threatened with extinction in the foreseeable future, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced today. As a result, the Service has proposed to protect the species under the Endangered Species Act, and is seeking new information from the public and the scientific community that will assist the agency in making a final determination. The spring pygmy sunfish is a spring-associated fish which has a restricted range and is currently only found in a single spring system (Beaverdam Spring/Creek) in the Tennessee River drainage in Limestone County, Alabama.  Read the full story...

  • A small greenish yellow fish with grey fins.
    Information icon Spring pygmy sunfish. Photo by Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources.

    Service initiates status review of the spring pygmy sunfish

    March 31, 2011 | 3 minute read

    The spring pygmy sunfish may warrant federal protection as an endangered species, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service concludes, following an initial review of a petition seeking to protect the species under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). The decision, commonly known as a 90-day finding, means that the information provided in the petition, and available in the Service’s files, indicates that listing might be appropriate for the spring pygmy sunfish.  Read the full story...

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