12-Month Finding for Purple Lilliput; Longsolid and Round Hickorynut and Designation of Critical Habitat (Draft)
Sep. 29, 2020
USFWS announces 12-month findings on a petition to list the purple lilliput (Toxolasma lividum), longsolid (Fusconaia subrotunda), and round hickorynut (Obovaria subrotunda) freshwater mussels as endangered or threatened species and to designate critical habitat under the ESA. They find that listing the longsolid and round hickorynut is warranted. They propose to list the longsolid and round hickorynut as threatened species. If finalized it would add these species to the List of Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and extend the ESA's protections to the species.. After a thorough review of the best available scientific and commercial information, USFWS find that it is not warranted at this time to list the purple lilliput. For the proposed rule to list and designate critical habitat for the longsolid and round hickorynut, USFWS will accept comments received or postmarked on or before 28 December 2020. POC is Janet Mizzi, Field Supervisor, USFWS, Asheville Ecological Services Field Office, 160 Zillicoa St., Asheville, NC 28801; tel: 828-258-3939. (Federal Register: 29 September 2020 [Proposed Rule] pages 61384-61458).