18 Sep 2006

Species in Pacific removed from US possibly endangered list because of lack of research

6:01 am on 18 September 2006

The United States Fish and Wildlife Service says three Hawai'i species have been removed from a list of animals at risk of becoming endangered, but not because their populations have rebounded.

Ken Foote, a fish and wildlife service spokesman says the service took two Hawaiian shrimp varieties and the Po'olanui gall fly off the list because it lacked sufficient information to keep them there.

The United States Fish and Wildlife Service also took one species from American Samoa, the many colored fruit dove, off the endangered species candidate list because it found the bird was more abundant than previously thought.

Hawai'i has 103 candidates on the list of species that might become endangered - about one-third of America's total.