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A group of about a dozen small triangular shellfish in shallow water.

Final rule to list the yellow lance mussel as threatened

April 2, 2018 | 5 minute readHow does the final listing rule differ from the proposed listing rule? In preparing this final rule, we reviewed and fully considered 22 public comments on the proposed rule. This final rule incorporates minor changes to our proposed listing based on the comments we received. The Species Status Assessment report report was updated based on comments and some additional information provided; many small, non-substantive changes and corrections were made throughout the document including ensuring consistency of colors on maps, providing details about data sources, updating references in threats section, and minor clarifications. Learn more...

Yellow lance in the Tar River in North Carolina. Photo by Sarah McRae, USFWS.

A lobster-shaped crayfish held by a biologist

Endangered Species Act protects two Appalachian crayfish

April 6, 2016 | 7 minute readFollowing a review of the best available science, peer review and public comment, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has protected the Guyandotte River crayfish as endangered and the Big Sandy crayfish as threatened under the Endangered Species Act. What are the ranges of the Guyandotte River and Big Sandy crayfish? Occurrence data, historical habitat characteristics, and information from species experts indicate that the Big Sandy crayfish’s historical range likely included streams throughout the upper Big Sandy River basin, which covers 10 counties in Kentucky, Virginia, and West Virginia. Learn more...

Big Sandy crayfish. Photo by Zachary Loughman, West Liberty University.


A hand plunges into shallow water to place a tiny mussel with id number on the stream's rocky bottom.

Clinch River mussel pulled back from the brink of extinction

October 16, 2017The plight of the golden riffleshell, which is listed as endangered under the Endangered Species Act, took a leap forward on September 21, as 700 captively-reared individuals were released into three sites – on Indian Creek, and on the Clinch River on the edge of Richlands, Virginia, and further upstream at a site owned by The Nature Conservancy. Read the full story...

Golden riffleshell mussel gets placed in Indian Creek. Photo by Gary Peeples, USFWS.

A lobster-shaped crayfish held by a biologist

Endangered Species Act protections finalized for two Appalachian crayfishes in Kentucky, Virginia and West Virginia

April 6, 2016 | 4 minute readJust months after the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s April 2015 proposal to protect the Big Sandy crayfish and Guyandotte River crayfish as endangered, the agency sent a crayfish expert into the central Appalachians to look for more. The goal: to determine if the outlook for the two creatures was better than previous data indicated. After combing hundreds of likely sites in the Big Sandy and Guyandotte River watersheds in Virginia, West Virginia, and Kentucky, the survey team from West Liberty University had mixed results. Read the full story...

Big Sandy crayfish. Photo by Zachary Loughman, West Liberty University.


Seven small brownish-yellow mussels held in open hands by a biologist.

Atlantic pigtoe

The Atlantic pigtoe is a small freshwater clam found in Virginia, North Carolina, and historically in South Carolina and Georgia. Visit the species profile...

Atlantic pigtoes ready for release. Photo by USFWS.

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