SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — A Puerto Rican frog about the size of a peanut has received federal protection, ending a long battle to list it as an endangered species.
The habitat of the coqui llanero also received protection, covering 615 acres (249 hectares) of freshwater wetland in northern Puerto Rico.
Wednesday's announcement comes two years after the nonprofit, Florida-based Center for Biological Diversity sued the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service so it would respond to a 2007 petition seeking to have the frog classified as an endangered species.
Its new designation now means that it is illegal to kill, harm or capture the frog.
The coqui llanero was discovered in 2005, and its eggs have only been found on the bulltongue arrowhead plant.