U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Delists Magazine Mountain Shagreen
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On May 15, 2013, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) removed (pdf) the Magazine Mountain shagreen (Inflectarius magazinensis) from the Federal List of Endangered and Threatened Wildlife. The Service determined that the threats to the species have been eliminated or reduced to the point that the species has recovered and no longer meets the definition of threatened or endangered under the Endangered Species Act (ESA).

The Magazine Mountain shagreen is a medium-sized, dusky brown or sand-colored snail found on Mount Magazine in western Arkansas. The snail was first listed under the ESA in 1989. According to the Service, the species’ population has remained stable since 1996, largely due to the fact that Magazine Mountain is entirely owned and protected by the U.S. Forest Service and Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism. The snail is the first invertebrate to be delisted under the ESA.

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