Rescuing the Polymita

The measure seeks to preserve the Cuban mollusk because of the excessive exploitation mainly caused by the international demand of collectors

By: Juventud Rebelde

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2017-01-05 | 15:35:09 EST
Polymita Picta.Polymita Picta. Photo: Juventud RebeldeZoom

An agreement to keep the Cuban polymita safe has entered into force under the legal framework of the Convention on the International Trade in Endangered species of Wild Fauna and Flora Silvestre (Cites), according to Telesur.

The purpose of the measure is to preserve the Cuban mollusk before an alarming decline in its population, caused mainly by the international demand by collectors.

The adoption of severe measures for traffickers of the endemic terrestrial mollusks of eastern Cuba, which include only six species, have been included, following Cuba's proposal, on Appendix I of the CITES.

A resolution by the Ministry of Science, Technology and Environment of Cuba declared polymitas as a special Cuban species with maximum protection and the prohibition of extracting them from their environment, exporting or commercializing them.

The decrease of polymita’s population is worrisome, through their indiscriminate harvesting, because of the attractiveness of their colorful shells and the boom of tourism, has been banned in Cuba before this agreement.

Nearly 15 different designs of shells were recently classified, however it’s also observed that the offspring of polymitas show less and less polychromy.

The name of these pulmonary arboreal mollusks comes from the Greek poly (many) and myths (stripes.)

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