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2:19 pm
Tue May 14, 2013

Arkansas Mountain Snail Dropped From Endangered List

The Mount Magazine shagreen.
Credit Earthsky.org

A dime-sized snail found only on Mount Magazine in western Arkansas has become the first invertebrate to be delisted under the Endangered Species Act.

The US Fish and Wildlife Service announced Tuesday that the Magazine Mountain shagreen has been taken off the endangered list.

Wildlife service southeast region Director Cindy Dohner says the wildlife service, the US Forest Service, the Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism and the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission worked together to remove threats and protect the habitat of the snail.

The snail lives on sloping masses of rock fragments at the foot of cliffs that are known as talus slopes and was listed as threatened in 1989.

The wildlife service says the snail is found on 27 talus slopes on the mountain in Logan County.