NEW SPECIES OF TURTLE
FOUND IN GALAPAGOS
A new species of Galápagos tortoise living on Santa Cruz Island within the Galápagos was discovered in 2015.
For years, it was believed that the island had only one species of tortoise - Chelonoidis nigra - known as the Galápagos tortoise. However, a team of researchers found a group of 250 tortoises living on the island that were genetically distinct from the rest of the island’s tortoises.
DNA testing finally confirmed that they represent a separate species: Chelonoidis donfaustoi. More than appearances, there is a clear geographical separation between these two tortoise species inhabiting the same island.
The discovery of Chelonoidis donfaustoi opens the door for exciting research and understanding how different it is from Chelonoidis nigra.
Clancy's comment: Wow. Another survivor!