Threatened Species Status with Section 4(d) Rule for Pyramid Pigtoe (Draft)
Sep. 7, 2021
USFWS announces their 12-month finding on a petition to list the pyramid pigtoe (Pleurobema rubrum), a freshwater mussel species from Alabama, Arkansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Ohio, Oklahoma, Tennessee, and Virginia, as an endangered or threatened species under the ESA. After a review of the best available scientific and commercial information, they find that listing the species is warranted. Accordingly, they propose to list the pyramid pigtoe as a threatened species with a rule issued under section 4(d) of the Act ("4(d) rule"). If finalizes this rule as proposed, it would add this species to the List of Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and extend the Act's protections to the species. They will accept comments received or postmarked on or before 8 November 2021. POC is Janet Mizzi, Field Supervisor, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Asheville Ecological Services Field Office, 160 Zillicoa St, Asheville, NC 28801; tele 828-258-3939.
(Federal Register: 7 September 2021 [Proposed Rule] Pages 49989-50011)