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Trade Restrictions Proposed for Five Spider Species

The FWS is seeking comments by 13 February on a proposal 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. 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.

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