- Scientists identified a new species of giant tortoise on the Galapagos Islands.
- Research differentiates the new Eastern Santa Cruz from the western population through genetic data analysis.
- New species named Chelonoidis donfaustoi while the older ones belong to Chelonoidis porteri.
- Apart from genetic differences, the two species differ in the shape of their shell and the new species lives on drier land in a 40 sq. km. area of Santa Cruz Island.
- Giant tortoises are famous creatures of Galapagos Islands weighing about 225 kgs.
- Apart from Galapagos Islands, they are also found only in Aldabra Atoll in Seychelles and number to about 13 species in all.
- Earlier research categorized the Eastern Santa Cruz under one species owing to stark similarities physically with its western counterpart.
News Item Compiled by Adarsh Mohandas