A tiny fish that once caused an epic conservation fight is no longer under threat

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Retired professor Dr. David Etnier (center) and a group of scientists check the state of the snail darter in the Holston River north of Knoxville, Tenn., on April 9, 2008. The U.S. Department of the Interior announced on Tuesday its official removal from the Federal List of Threatened and Endangered Wildlife.

The snail darter, a tiny Southeastern fish that derailed a federal dam during an epic battle over Endangered Species Act protection in the ’70s, is no longer considered imperiled, officials announced.

(Image credit: Joe Howell/AP)

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