Another animal with habitat in New Mexico was added to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s endangered species list on Friday.
The Texas hornshell mussel is the last remaining native freshwater mussel in New Mexico and has a small area of habitat in southeast New Mexico in the Black River, a tributary of the Pecos River, in addition to populations in Texas and Mexico.
“We’re very pleased, and it’s none too soon,” said Michael Robinson of the Center for Biological Diversity. “This is a little critter that badly needs the protection of its habitat.”
Heightened salinity and sediment and the construction of reservoirs along its habitat are among the reasons for the species’ decline, according to Fish and Wildlife, and the mussel currently occupies just 15 percent of its historic range.