Final Listing Rules.
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
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.