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Sacramento Splittail (Pogonichthys macrolepidotus) A fish found only in California's Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta and Central Valley rivers, the Sacramento splittail is a silvery-gold member of the minnow family that can grow up to 16 inches (40 centimeters) in length. Its upper tail is enlarged and appears to be split, giving the fish its common name. Historically, it occurred in the Sacramento River as far north as Redding and in the San Joaquin River almost as far south as Fresno. This fish has declined by 62 percent over the past 15 years due to water diversions, periodic prolonged droughts, loss of shallow water breeding habitats, introduced aquatic species, and agricultural and industrial pollutants. Because of the Sacramento splittail's vulnerable status, the FWS proposed on February 8 to list it as threatened.

Catesbaea melanocarpa This rare Caribbean plant, which has no common name, is a small, spiny shrub in the family Rubiaceae. It has been reported from Barbuda, Antigua, and Guadeloupe of the Lesser Antilles and, in the U.S., from Puerto Rico and St. Croix (U.S. Virgin Islands). Much of its preferred dry forest habitat on these islands has been eliminated by agricultural and urban development. Due to the threats posed by continuing habitat loss, the FWS listed C. melanocarpa on March 17 as endangered.
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Publication:Endangered Species Bulletin
Article Type:Brief Article
Geographic Code:1U9CA
Date:May 1, 1999
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