Ten Florida Endangered Species at Center of New Lawsuit
June 18, 2012 | WMFE - The Center for Biological Diversity plans to sue the US Fish and Wildlife Service over its alleged failure to protect 10 Florida species under the federal Endangered Species Act.
[Image: Palatka skipper butterfly]
The center, which has a regional office in St. Petersburg, filed a notice of intent Monday to seek legal protection for species including a type of wildflower, a bird, insects, crayfish, and a snail.
The species include one that’s specific to Central Florida, the Orlando cave crayfish. Also included in the lawsuit are the Panama City cave crayfish and Big Blue Springs cave crayfish. The latter is found in the Tallahassee area.
Other species include the black rail, a bird that nests in marshes across the state, and the Palatka skipper, a brown butterfly found in the Keys.