Following a lawsuit by the Center for Biological Diversity, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Monday determined that the Oklahoma Grasspink Orchid (Calopogon tuberosus) may warrant protection under the Endangered Species Act. This is the eighth decision the agency has issued since the center filed suit Feb. 17 to force protection for 93 species.
The Grasspink once occurred across 17 states from Minnesota to Texas and across to Florida, but is now believed to survive in only eight: Illinois, Wisconsin, Missouri, Mississippi, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Texas and Louisiana.
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