Yet to be confirmed if Ñoâng Moâ turtle is same species
HAØ NOIÄ A new turtle with an appearance similar to that of the turtle that lived in Hoanø Kiemá Lake in Haø Noiä has been found. But according to an expert, it is yet to be confirmed if they are of the same species.
The Asia Turtle Programme (ATP) announced last Thursday it had found a turtle of the same species as the Hoaøn Kieám turtle in a town north of Haø Noäi using environmental DNA testing (eDNA) techniques.
ATP considered this a ground-breaking discovery since the last turtle that lived in Hoaøn Kieám Lake one of the last of the Yangtze giant softshell turtles, belonging to the species Rafetus swinhoei died in January 2016.
The species now has just three living specimens, two in China and one in a lake outside Haø Noäi.
If the turtle found by ATP is of the same species as the Hoaøn Kieám turtle, it will increase the number of the specimens to four.
The discovery also gives hope to Vietnamese scientists in terms of preserving the species by breeding the two specimens.
ATP said the turtle was first spotted by locals in Xuaân Khaùnh Lake in Sôn Taây Town in 2016.
In May 2017, ATP researcher Nguyeãn Vaên Troïng was able to capture a good-quality photograph that showed the turtle to be soft-shelled, but it was not enough to identify its species.
ATP decided to collect water samples from the lake and analysed them in a laboratory of the Washington State University following eDNA testing a technique that focuses on detecting
A turtle believed to be of the same species as the one that lived in Hoanø Kiemá Lake in Haø Noiä was found in the Ñonà g Moâ Lake outside the city in 2007. Photo courtesy of biologist Haø Ñình Ñöùc