U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to Make Final Listing Decision for Texas Mussel Species
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to Make Final Listing Decision for Texas Mussel Species

Today, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) and Center for Biological Diversity entered into a settlement agreement wherein the Service agreed to submit to the Federal Register final listing decisions on the following six mussel species no later than May 23, 2024:

  • Texas fatmucket (Lampsilis bracteate);
  • Guadalupe fatmucket (Lampsilis bergmanni);
  • Texas fawnsfoot (Truncilla macrodon);
  • Texas pimpleback (Cyclonaias (= Quadrula) petrina);
  • Guadalupe orb (Cyclonaias necki); and
  • False spike (Fusconaia (= Quincuncina) mitchelli).

As Nossaman previously reported, on August 26, 2021, the Service published a proposed rule to list the Guadalupe fatmucket, Texas fatmucket, Guadalupe orb, Texas pimpleback, and false spike as endangered, and to list the Texas fawnsfoot as threatened under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). The Service also proposed to issue a species-specific rule under ESA section 4(d) for the Texas fawnsfoot, and to designate approximately 1,944 river miles as critical habitat for all six species.

  • Rebecca Hays Barho

    Rebecca Hays Barho focuses her practice on natural resource law, with particular emphasis on the Endangered Species Act (ESA), the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), the Migratory Bird Treaty Act (MBTA), the Clean Water Act ...

Nossaman’s Endangered Species Law & Policy blog focuses on news, events, and policies affecting endangered species issues in California and throughout the United States. Topics include listing and critical habitat decisions, conservation and recovery planning, inter-agency consultation, and related developments in law, policy, and science. We also inform readers about regulatory and legislative developments, as well as key court decisions.

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