Wildlife trade threats: The importance of genetic data in saving an endangered species

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  • September 14, 2020
  • Four-eyed turtle specimen Credit: Thomas Ziegler Lilcense: CC-BY 4.0

    In a new study, published in the scientific journal Nature Conservation, a research team analyses the genetic diversity of the endangered Four-eyed turtle, a species that has fallen victim to the growing wildlife trade in Vietnam. Having identified several distinct lineages in field-collected and local trade samples, the scientists warn that confiscated animals must not be released back into the wild before they have their origin traced back to the locality they have been captured.

    The third sister: Long-suspected third desert tortoise species proven to exist in Mexico

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  • February 11, 2016
  • The huge variability among the desert tortoise populations of Mexico has finally been given an explanation after casting doubts for several decades. The puzzle was solved by an international team of researchers, led by Dr. Taylor Edwards, The University of Arizona, who teamed up to find out whether there has been a previously unknown third […]