The Fish and Wildlife Service reports that the following amendments to the appendices of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora entered into force Nov. 25.

- straw-headed bulbul (Pycnonotus zeylanicus) transferred from Appendix II to Appendix I

- all species of requiem shark (Carcharhinidae spp.) included in Appendix II

As a result, any specimens of the listed species that are imported into, or exported from, the U.S. on or after Nov. 25 require the applicable CITES documentation.

CITES Appendix I includes species threatened with extinction in which trade is generally prohibited. Appendix II includes (a) species not necessarily threatened with extinction but in which trade is strictly controlled to prevent them from becoming so and (b) species that must be subject to regulation so that trade in other CITES-listed species may be brought under effective control. Appendix III contains species that are protected in at least one country that has asked CITES parties for assistance in controlling trade.

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