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Two Florida Species Declared Extinct

For Immediate Release, October 5, 2011 Contact: Tierra Curry, (928) 522-3681 Two Florida Species Declared Extinct Endangered Species Review Too Late to Save South Florida Rainbow Snake, Florida Fairy Shrimp JACKSONVILLE, Fla .— The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced today that two Florida species, the South Florida rainbow snake and the Florida fairy shrimp, have been determined to be extinct. The finding came in response to a petition filed by the Center for Biological Diversity in 2010 seeking Endangered Species Act protection for the rainbow snake, fairy shrimp and more than 400 aquatic species in the southeastern United States. Last week the Service announced that 374 other freshwater species in the petition, including 114 in Florida, may warrant protection under Act. All of those species will now get an in-depth review. “It’s heart-wrenching to learn that these ...

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