Trade Restrictions Proposed for Five Spider Species
The Fish and Wildlife Service is proposing to list five tarantula species as endangered under the Endangered Species Act, which will generally prohibit importing, exporting, delivering, receiving, carrying, transporting, or shipping in interstate or foreign commerce these animals or selling them or offering them for sale in interstate or foreign commerce. Comments on this proposal are due no later than Feb. 13.
The affected species are Poecilotheria fasciata, P. ornata, P. smithi, P. subfusca, and P. vittata. The FWS has determined that collection for trade is likely exacerbating the negative effects of other specified factors even though available information on U.S. imports indicates that only a small amount of trade occurs in wild specimens of these species.