rice rat (Oryzomys palustris natator)

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Listing Status:   

General Information

The silver rice rat is of generalized rat-like appearance, with a slender skull and coarse fur which is colored silver-gray along its back. This rat has a sparsely-haired tail and reaches 250 millimeters (10 inches) in total length.

  • States/US Territories in which the rice rat, lower FL Keys is known to or is believed to occur:  Florida
  • US Counties in which the rice rat, lower FL Keys is known to or is believed to occur:  View All
  • USFWS Refuges in which the rice rat, lower FL Keys is known to occur:  Great White Heron National Wildlife Refuge, National Key Deer Refuge
 
Current Listing Status Summary
Status Date Listed Lead Region Where Listed
04/30/1991 Southeast Region (Region 4) Lower FL Keys (west of Seven Mile Bridge)

» Federal Register Documents

Federal Register Documents
Date Citation Page Title
03/26/2007 72 FR 14132 14133 Notice of Availability of a Final Implementation Schedule for the South Florida Multi-Species Recovery Plan
08/31/1993 58 FR 46030 46034 ETWP; Designation of Critical Habitat for the Silver Rice Rat
04/30/1991 56 FR 19809 19814 ETWP; Endangered Status for the Lower Keys Population of the Rice Rat (Silver Rice Rat); 56 FR 19809 19814
10/25/1990 55 FR 43002 43008 ETWP; Proposed Endangered Status for the Lower Keys Population of the Rice Rat (Silver Rice Rat); 55 FR 43002 43008
04/02/2004 69 FR 17442 17443 Notice of Availability of a Technical/Agency Draft Implementation Schedule for the South Florida Multi-Species Recovery Plan
04/26/2007 72 FR 20866 20868 Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants; 5-Year Review of 22 Southeastern Species
05/07/1992 57 FR 19585 19590 ETWP; Proposed Designation of Critical Habitat for the Silver Rice Rat

» Recovery

Current Recovery Plan(s)
Date Title Plan Action Status Plan Status
05/18/1999 South Florida Multi-Species Recovery Plan (68 spp.) View Implementation Progress Final
Other Recovery Documents
Date Citation Page Title Document Type
04/02/2004 69 FR 17442 17443 Notice of Availability of a Technical/Agency Draft Implementation Schedule for the South Florida Multi-Species Recovery Plan
  • Notice Draft Recovery Plan Availability
03/26/2007 72 FR 14132 14133 Notice of Availability of a Final Implementation Schedule for the South Florida Multi-Species Recovery Plan
  • Notice Recovery Plan Avail.
04/26/2007 72 FR 20866 20868 Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants; 5-Year Review of 22 Southeastern Species
  • Notice 5-year Review, Initiation
Five Year Review
Date Title
08/18/2008 Rice Rat 5-Year Review

» Critical Habitat

Date Citation Page Title Document Type Status
08/31/1993 58 FR 46030 46034 ETWP; Designation of Critical Habitat for the Silver Rice Rat Final Rule Final designated
05/07/1992 57 FR 19585 19590 ETWP; Proposed Designation of Critical Habitat for the Silver Rice Rat Proposed Rule Not Required

To learn more about critical habitat please see http://ecos.fws.gov/crithab

» Conservation Plans

No conservation plans have been created for rice rat.

» Petitions

» Life History

No Life History information has been entered into this system for this species.

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