BarcelonaThe mother-of-pearl happily populated the Mediterranean Sea not so many years ago. Molluscs in the form of giant spans that can reach more than a meter high lived on the seabed of Catalonia, the Balearic Islands, Alicante, Murcia and Almeria. The situation of the species, which had millions of specimens, has taken a fateful turn and today it is not striking for its iconic appearance but because it is in a kind of time trial to ensure its survival. The appearance of a parasite just six years ago has wiped out the species from almost every place where scientists documented it. “A very pandemic beast,” sums up IRTA researcher Patricia Prado. Today, mother-of-pearl survives in two small strongholds, the Ebro delta and the Mar Menor, where the salinity of the water shields them, but where they also face other dangers, such as the loss of their habitats and crises. which have further reduced populations to near-testimonial figures in some cases.
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