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Endangered Species Review Expedited

The government is on a deadline to review the more than 700 species that researchers have petitioned to be added to the endangered species list.

By | October 3, 2011

Chucky madtom (Noturus crypticus)CONSERVATION FISHERIES INC

Last week, the US Fish and Wildlife Service cleared 374 plant and animal species from the southeastern United States for a more thorough review that will determine whether or not they should make the endangered species list. The list includes rare aquatic and wetland-dwelling species such as the Florida bog frog and the fish known as the chucky madtom, which has been spotted by scientists a mere 15 times in the past 70 years, ScienceInsider reported.

The initial decisions come as a result of a legal settlement struck earlier this summer between the government and several environments groups, which required the Service to address more than 700 endangered species petitions by the year 2018.

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