FWS Advances Process that Could Lead to Import Restrictions on Spiders
The Fish and Wildlife Service announced this week a positive 90-day finding on a petition to list 11 foreign tarantula species under the Endangered Species Act. These species, each of which is known by multiple common names, include six species native to India (Poecilotheria formosa, P. hanumavilasumica, P. metallica, P. miranda, P. rufilata and P. striata) and five species native to Sri Lanka (P. fasciata, P. ornata, P. pederseni, P. subfusca and P. smithi).
The FWS will next conduct a 12-month status review of these species to determine whether the petitioned actions are warranted. To ensure a comprehensive review, the FWS is soliciting scientific and commercial information regarding these species, in particular their status and threats, through Feb. 3, 2014.
Should these species ultimately be listed under the ESA it would be illegal to import them into or export them from the U.S.; possess, sell, deliver, carry, transport or ship them if taken in violation of the ESA; sell them or offer them for sale in interstate or foreign commerce; or deliver, receive, carry, transport or ship them in interstate or foreign commerce in the course of commercial activity.