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Issue #32 – Endangered species in Nevada

There are many endangered species here in Nevada. This is a small window on some of the threatened species in our state.

Mount Charleston Blue Butterfly is a small one inch added to the Endangered Species list in 2013 after a fire on the mountain destroyed much of the known habitat. A small number of these elusive insects are reported every year as they closely resemble other butterflies in the area.  In larval form their habitat is the alpine meadows during the spring and summer. This brings them into conflict with picnic goers and wild horses.

Mt Charleston Blue Butterfly, Plebejus shasta

The Carson Wandering Skipper is a small brownish orange Butterfly located mostly in Northern Nevada and California. It was ruled endangered in 2002. It is on the endangered species list, because, its habitat is being destroyed by urban and residential development; wetland habitat modification, non-native plant invasion, agricultural practices, water exportation projects and naturally occurring stochastic events. The Carson Wandering Skipper eats plant nectar .

The Razorback Sucker is a freshwater fish which can be found in pockets of the Colorado River basin along the main river. Its visible characteristics give it the name it bears today. Protected since 1991, it has been making a comeback through hatcheries dedicated to raising them for release back into their natural habitat.   

Found in only one small part of Nevada is the White River Spinedace. The Kirch Wildlife Management Area near Sunnyside Nevada is the home to the some 2000-3000 of the fish. At less than 5 inches in length, the biggest threat to it seems to be larger fish and the use of the spring waters for irrigation purposes. .


The desert tortoise is both the largest reptile in the Mojave as well as being the state reptile for the state of Nevada. They can live


up to 80 years, munching on cactus, caterpillars, and larvae of different types. Through much effort and your attention, this fellow is no longer actually endangered, but has had its rating lowered to Threatened. 

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