Florida endangered species lawsuit planned against feds

1:58 PM, Jun 18, 2012   |    comments
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ST. PETERSBURG, Florida (AP) - The Center for Biological Diversity plans to sue the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service over its alleged failure to protect 10 Florida species under the federal Endangered Species Act.

The center, which has a regional office in St. Petersburg, filed a notice of intent Monday to seek legal protection for species including a wildflower, a bird, insects, crayfish, a snail and an amphipod.

A spokeswoman for the federal agency declined comment.

The species include the black rail, a bird that nests in marshes across the state; the purple skimmer, a north Florida dragonfly, and the Palatka skipper, a brown butterfly found in the Keys.

Others named include the Panama City, Orlando cave and Big Blue Springs cave crayfish. The latter is found in the Tallahassee area.

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