Population of zombie crabs has increased tenfold due to the pandemic

(ORDO NEWS) — In Cuba, locals have noticed an increase in the number of Gecarcinus ruricola crabs, called “zombie crabs”.

They got their name because of the peculiarity of the organism – the bodies of these crabs are the “home” for two types of flies that grow and breed in arthropods.

Experts explain the large number of crabs in the area of ​​​​the Bay of Pigs with a pandemic – during the period of coronavirus restrictions, people did not drive cars much, under the wheels of which most of Gecarcinus ruricola died.

Population of zombie crabs has increased tenfold due to the pandemic 2

This, in turn, seriously reduced the population of the species. Reinaldo Santana Aguilar, an employee of the Cuban Ministry of the Environment, said that this year, on the contrary, an unusually high density of crabs was observed during migration.

“It is likely that the crab population has fully recovered, and therefore there is such an intense migration now,” the Daily Mirror quotes him as saying.

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