Threatened Species Status with Section 4(d) Rule for Florida Keys Mole Skink and Designation of Critical Habitat (Draft)
Sep. 27, 2022
USFWS proposes to list the Florida Keys mole skink (Plestiodon egregius egregius), a lizard subspecies from the Florida Keys, Florida, as a threatened species and designate critical habitat under the ESA. This determination also serves as our 12-month finding on a petition to list the Florida Keys mole skink. 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 Florida Keys mole skink as a threatened species with a rule issued under section 4(d) of the Act ("4(d) rule"). If finalized 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 also propose to designate critical habitat for the Florida Keys mole skink under the ESA. In total, approximately 7,068 acres (2,860 hectares) within Monroe County in the Florida Keys, Florida , fall within the boundaries of the proposed critical habitat designation.They will accept comments received or postmarked on or before 28 November 2022. POC is Lourdes Mena, Division Manager, Classification and Recovery, Florida Ecological Services Field Office, 7915 Baymeadows Way, Suite 200, Jacksonville, FL 32256-7517; email@example.com; Tel 904-731-3134. (Federal Register 27 September 2022 [Proposed Rule] Pages 58648-58703).