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Developers Fight Shrimp Habitat Designation

WASHINGTON (CN) - Three California developers - Otay Mesa Property, Rancho Vista Del Mar and Otay International - sued the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in Federal Court, claiming it improperly designated 275 acres of coastal land as critical habitat for the endangered San Diego fairy shrimp.

Plaintiffs say the 275 acres at issue do not contain fairy shrimp, or habitat for them.

Fairy shrimp are rare inland crustaceans that go dormant in mud and dirt, and are revived and propagate in vernal ponds formed by winter rains.

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