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Turtle and Tortoise Newsletter, 2000, 1:21
© 2000 by Chelonian Research Foundation

Turtle and Tortoise Newsletter

Suit to Save Western Herps and Snails from Extinction

Kierán Suckling
Executive Director, SW Center for Biological Diversity, PO Box 710, Tucson, Az 85702-0710
520.623.9797 fax; http://www.sw-center.org; ksuckling@sw-center.org

On 6-15-99, the Center for Biological Diversity, filed a formal notice of intent to sue the U.S. Fish Wildlife Service for failing to list and protect ten imperiled aquatic species under the Endangered Species Act. The agency determined that all of the species warranted listing under the ESA, but did not list them because of alleged higher priorities. Many of the species have languished in this state for over a decade as their habitat and numbers continue to dwindle.

The suit will include:
— Northwest Species: Columbia spotted frog (WA, OR, ID, CA, NV) and Oregon spotted frog (WA, OR)
— Southwest Species : Pecos assiminea snail (NM), Gila springsnail (NM), Roswell springsnail (NM), Chupadera springsnail (NM), Koster’s Tryonia (NM), Cagle’s Map Turtle (TX), New Mexico hot-spring snail (NM), and California tiger salamander (CA)