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7 Utah species are candidates for protection

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service says seven types of plants and animals in Utah are candidates for endangered species protections.

They are among 251 across the country listed Wednesday in the government's annual tally of species that could be added to the endangered species list.

A Utah mollusk called the Ogden mountainsnail was one of two species in the country removed from the candidate list.

The country's only addition to the list is a plant called the Gierisch mallow, which lives in portions of Utah and Arizona.

Other Utah species on the candidate list are: the Gunnison's prairie dog, the fat-whorled pondsnail, yellow-billed cuckoo, the Coral Pink Sand Dunes tiger beetle, the relict leopard frog and the White River beardtongue.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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