Friday, 15 December 2017

Dahl's toad-headed turtle threatened by fragmented habitat, shrinking populations

Date:  December 5, 2017
Source:  Wildlife Conservation Society

A recent study published in Conservation Geneticsby researchers from the Universidad de los Andes, Universidad Nacional de Colombia, WCS (Wildlife Conservation Society), and the Turtle Survival Alliance (TSA) shows that the Dahl's Toad-headed Turtle (Mesoclemmys dahli), a rare reptile found only in Colombia, is threatened with extinction due to alarmingly small and fragmented populations and high levels of inbreeding.

The authors of the study will pursue both a genetic rescue strategy for the species to reduce inbreeding and an initiative to identify and protect the most important areas for the Dahl's Toad-Headed Turtle.

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