Explotación, usos y estado actual de la Cigua o Burgao Cittarium pica (Mollusca: Gastropoda: Trochidae) en la Costa continental del Caribe colombiano
Osorno Arango, A.
Díaz Merlano, J.M.
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Exploitation, uses and current status of the West Indian topshell Cittarium pica (Mollusca: Gastropoda, Trochidae) along the Colombian Caribbean coast. The West Indian topshell, Cittarium pica is a common and conspicuous gastropod that thrives in Caribbean intertidal rocky shores and has been used for food by men since pre-Columbian times. Although, the exploitation of this resource is practiced only by artisanal fishermen and mainly for self-consumption, its abundance has noticeably reduced in the last ten years, so the species has been included in the endangered animal lists of several Caribbean countries, including Colombia. The present study was carried out to assess the current status of the population of C. pica along the Colombian Caribbean mainland and to describe the overall exploitation level and uses of this resource in recent times. In order to achieve so, Colombian Caribbean coast was divided into five zones according to the established distribution range of the species: 1.....