Published: Aug 09, 2011 5:25 PM EDT

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) - A butterfly now only found in remote parts of the Florida Keys has been listed as endangered.
    
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced Tuesday that it's taking emergency action to protect the Miami blue butterfly.
    
It was once found along Florida's coasts from the Dry Tortugas up through around St. Petersburg on the Gulf of Mexico and Daytona Beach on the Atlantic.
    
The action under the Endangered Species Act protects the butterfly for 240 days while officials seek more permanent protection for it.
    
Three similar butterflies are also being listed as threatened.

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