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38 Hawaii plants, snails gain federal protection

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HONOLULU (AP) - An environmental group says a federal agency is giving endangered species status to 35 plants and three snails found on Molokai, Lanai, Maui and Kahoolawe.

The Center for Biological Diversity says Friday's action by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is the result of a 2011 settlement, which expedites protection decisions for hundreds of the most threatened species around the country.

For some of the plants, only a few remain. The three mollusks protected are two species of Lanai tree snail and Newcomb's tree snail.

The species are threatened by nonnative species such as feral pigs, goats, rats and axis deer.

Hawaii has more endangered species than any other state.

A Lanai plant is being delisted because it's no longer believed to be a valid species.

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