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DOI/FWS RIN: 1018-BG24 Publication ID: Fall 2023 
Title: Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants; Threatened Species Status With Section 4(d) Rule for Florida Keys Mole Skink and Designation of Critical Habitat  

FWS will make a final determination on our proposal to list the Florida Keys mole skink (Plestiodon egregius egregius) as a threatened species under the Endangered Species Act of 1973, as amended, with a rule issued under section 4(d) of the Act. If we finalize this rule as proposed, it would add this species to the List of Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and extend the Act’s protections to the species. We will also make a final determination on our proposal to designate approximately 7,068 acres (2,860 hectares) as critical habitat for the Florida Keys mole skink under the Act within Monroe County in the Florida Keys, Florida. 

Agency: Department of the Interior(DOI)  Priority: Substantive, Nonsignificant 
RIN Status: Previously published in the Unified Agenda Agenda Stage of Rulemaking: Final Rule Stage 
Major: No  Unfunded Mandates: No 
CFR Citation: 50 CFR 17   
Legal Authority: 16 U.S.C. 1531 et seq.   
Legal Deadline:
Action Source Description Date
NPRM  Judicial    09/15/2022 
Action Date FR Cite
NPRM  09/27/2022  87 FR 58648   
NPRM Comment Period End  11/28/2022 
NPRM Comment Period Extended  11/28/2022  87 FR 72958   
NPRM Comment Period Extended End  01/12/2023 
Final Action  11/00/2023 
Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No  Government Levels Affected: Federal, Local, State 
Federalism: No 
Included in the Regulatory Plan: No 
RIN Data Printed in the FR: No 
Agency Contact:
Caitlin Snyder
Branch of Domestic Listing, Ecological Services Program
Department of the Interior
United States Fish and Wildlife Service
5275 Leesburg Pike, MS: ES,
Falls Church, VA 22041-3803
Phone:703 358-2673
Fax:703 358-1800