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09 marzo, 2016

Una tortuga, un científico y cien mil dólares=nombre científico para una nueva especie

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CyVerse Helps Researcher Discover, Save New Tortoise

By Shelley Littin, CyVerse

‘What’s in a name?’ Shakespeare’s Juliet once famously pondered. $100,000 in the case of the recently discovered Goode’s Thornscrub Tortoise or Gopherus evgoodei in the Latin, a species native to the area of southern Sonora, western Chihuahua, and northern Sinaloa, Mexico. A description of the species was published today in the journal ZooKeys.
The species’ name was auctioned to a coalition of four donors: the Andrew Sabin Family Foundation, Global Wildlife Foundation, Rainforest Trust, and the Turtle Conservancy. One hundred percent of the funds will go toward conserving the species’ habitat in the tropical deciduous forests of Mexico.
Taylor Edwards, a University of Arizona (UA) geneticist and conservationist with the Arizona Research Laboratories University of Arizona Genetics Core and College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, used CyVerse’s data-sharing capabilities to coordinate with his research partners and decipher the data that led to the discovery of the new species.

Goode's Thornscrub Tortoise, a cousin to the Sonoran Desert Tortoise, was recently discovered by UA conservation geneticist Taylor Edwards. (Image courtesy of Taylor Edwards)
But rather than christen his discovery by traditional means, Edwards put the name up for auction – at the Turtle Conservancy’s third annual Turtle Ball, an annual New York City event designed to raise awareness of the plight of turtles, and to further fund the non-profit’s mission to protect the most endangered turtles and tortoises and their habitats worldwide.


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