Feb 1

We’ve asked conservation organisations around the world to nominate a species that they believe to be overlooked, underappreciated and unloved, and tell us why they think that they deserve a fair share of the limelight, this Valentine’s Day.

Each nominee’s story is featured on the Arkive blog with information on the species, what makes them so special, the conservation organisation that nominated them and how they are working to save them from extinction.

Click the ‘unloved species’ tag above to see all of the nominations and their blogs.

Once you have perused the blogs you can vote for your favourite to help get them into the top ten unloved species and get them the recognition that they truly deserve! Share your favourite with others using the #LoveSpecies hashtag on Twitter and Facebook and tell them why they should vote for them too. Voting closes on February 14th at 23:59 PST (07:59 GMT).

Join us and our conservation partners in celebrating and raising awareness for some of the world’s most unloved species this Valentine’s Day!

Species: Giri Putri cave crab

Nominated by: Fauna and Flora International

Conservation status: Critically Endangered – its known range is about 0.003 square kilometres, only one locality is known, and the habitat is imminently threatened by uncontrolled and increasing tourism/religious practices.

Why do you love it? Partly because no one else does, partly because we believe that it has as much right to attention as our other flagship species such as tigers and elephants, and partly because we have good partners and believe that together we can bring it back from the brink.

What are the threats to the Giri Putri cave crab? The primary threat to this crab is the increasing use of the cave by pilgrims and worshippers at the main cave of Giri Putri. In 1994 when the crab was discovered the infrastructure was minimal, but now there are walkways and seating across part of the cave floor, and electric lights. Six visits since the original discovery have noted a decline in the abundance of the crab, although some of that may have been caused by visits being undertaken in relatively dry periods when free water on the floor of the cave was less available. It is possible that the crabs benefit from food offerings left and spilled on the ground but this is not yet confirmed.

What are you doing to save it? We are very pleased that the Save Our Species Rapid Action Programme has recently given us a small grant to increase local attention to the crab’s plight and changed behaviour from the pilgrims who visit the cave.  As part of that and beyond we shall be instituting a programme of monitoring by a local student and the local NGO Friends of National Park Foundation.

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  • Janet Gould (February 8th, 2016 at 1:42 am):

    Our favourite species is the Giri Putri Cave Crab which is being encroached on their precious habitat by tourism infrastructure and lighting. This little crab needs help to show the visitors how to ensure their lives can be protected.
    From a Giri Putri Cave Crab supporter in Adelaide South Australia

  • Dr. Sabine Schoppe (February 10th, 2016 at 3:40 am):

    I support conservation measures of the Giri Putri Cave Crab.

  • Mingyi Tian (February 10th, 2016 at 5:50 pm):

    Nice cave-strictly animal like this one which is threating by human activity must be put in the redlist, and protect.

  • David Culver (February 12th, 2016 at 5:03 pm):

    I support conservation of the Giri Putri Cave crab and other cave invertebrates.

  • Deharveng Louis (February 12th, 2016 at 10:25 pm):

    Non-charismatic invertebrates, too, deserve a place on our earth and in our heart. I vote for the crab.

  • Somsak Panha (February 13th, 2016 at 2:17 pm):

    All creatures have evolved to be parts of our planet. And they have right to live for our perfect planet. I definitely agree to conserve the Giri Putri Cave Crab.

  • Dr. Pham Dinh Sac (February 14th, 2016 at 6:16 am):

    I do not want to lose cave crab species. Please protect it.

  • Eppie N. Katangkatang (February 14th, 2016 at 10:55 am):

    I support to the conservation of the crab.

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