“Listing these species as endangered will help draw attention to the threats that have brought them so close to extinction, and allow us to begin the process of bringing about recovery,” she said.
Yellow-faced bees, pool shrimp and the orangeblack Hawaiian damselfly were among those added to the endangered species list.
The 49 plants and animals are at risk of extinction due to invasive, non-native species; habitat-altering recreational activities; small remaining population sizes; and threats from erosion, landslides and fire, according to the release.
“A number of threats, including non-native species, continue to have a devastating impact on native ecosystems in the Hawaiian Islands” Abrams said. “We will continue working with local communities, governments, industry, and the people of Hawaii to protect and recover these native species, which are an important part of what makes these islands so special.”
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