WASHINGTON (CN) – The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service plans to add 2,678 acres to the 306 acres designated as critical habitat for the endangered Riverside fairy shrimp.
The crustacean was listed as endangered under the Endangered Species Act in 2003.
The tiny shrimp was first discovered near a golf course in Riverside County, California. Its name comes from its lack of a hard shell, which makes its 11 swimming feet look like wings.
All fairy shrimp live in small, seasonal pools of water that form on the edges of rivers and streams in southern California and northern Mexico.
The land the agency proposes to add to the critical habitat designation is distributed across four units in Ventura, Orange and San Diego Counties, California.