06 Jun '11, 10pm

Critical Habitat Protected for Four Species of Endangered Snails, Freshwater Shrimp

For Immediate Release, June 6, 2011 Contact: Michael Robinson, (575) 534-0360 Critical Habitat Protected for Four Species of Endangered Snails, Freshwater Shrimp SILVER CITY, N.M. — The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced today it is designating 76 acres in eastern New Mexico and 61 acres in western Texas as final, protected critical habitat for three federally endangered aquatic snails and a freshwater shrimp: the Roswell springsnail, Koster’s springsnail and Pecos assiminea, which are all snails, and a crustacean called Noel’s amphipod. “This protected habitat is great news for these rare creatures, found in only a few wet spots in the desert,” said Michael Robinson of the Center for Biological Diversity. “It’s vital to preserve the clean waters that support this and other wildlife in an increasingly hot and dry world.” It was the Center’s 2001 settlement agreement ...

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