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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.

Cristina Luiggi

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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