Experts seek reasons for Polymita drop in eastern Cuba
Polymita muscarum is the least colorful of all polymita species. It only inhabits the north coast of the provinces of Camaguey, Las Tunas and Holguin. This mollusk lives on tree branches and twigs, while it breeds on tree holes and fallen leaves. It is hermaphrodite and feeds on moss and fungus.
As informed by the website of Nuevitas Radio Station, specialists of the local Enterprise for Wildlife Protection have been able to find the polymita muscarum in four out of fifteen sites used for assessment on the outskirts of Camaguey city.
Although these results seem encouraging, experts are worried due to the low density of polymita population per square meter compared to other sites in Holguin province.
Without jumping to conclusions, experts believe that forest fires, the felling of trees, and animal pasturage are lethal to the mollusk populations.