3 Southeastern mollusks proposed for protection

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - The federal government has proposed three
mollusks found in Alabama, Georgia and Tennessee waters for
protection as an endangered species.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service on Monday proposed that the
Georgia Pigtoe Mussel, Interrupted Rocksnail and Rough Hornsnail be
given protection under the Endangered Species Act.

All three are native to the Coosa River Drainage of Alabama,
Georgia and Tennessee, according to Noah Greenwald of the
Oregon-based Center for Biological Diversity. The center has
litigation pending to get Fish and Wildlife protection for
candidate species.

Greenwald said the three mollusks are threatened by habitat
destruction caused by dams and pollution.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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