Thursday, 9 January 2014

Endangered Species Act Protection Sought for Florida's Wingtail Crayfish

For Immediate Release, January 6, 2014
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Contact: Tierra Curry, (928) 522-3681

Rare Crayfish, Unique to Panhandle, Threatened by Wetland Loss

JACKSONVILLE, Fla.— The Center for Biological Diversity filed a petition with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today seeking Endangered Species Act protection for the wingtail crayfish, a tiny resident of the Panhandle. The wingtail crayfish is a 2-inch, tan crustacean with red spots that is found in Gulf County and nowhere else on Earth. It lives in seasonally flooded freshwater areas in the flatwoods west and south of Wewahitchka.

“This tiny crayfish needs the protection of the Endangered Species Act to fight off the ongoing destruction of its wetland home,” said Tierra Curry, senior scientist at the Center. “Protecting habitat for the crayfish will also protect water quality for people, because these wetlands are so important in flood prevention and water purification.”

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