Are the native giant tortoises from the Seychelles really extinct? A genetic perspective based on mtDNA and microsatellite data.

@article{Palkovacs2003AreTN,
  title={Are the native giant tortoises from the Seychelles really extinct? A genetic perspective based on mtDNA and microsatellite data.},
  author={Eric P Palkovacs and Monique Marschner and Claudio Ciofi and Justin S Gerlach and Adalgisa Caccone},
  journal={Molecular ecology},
  year={2003},
  volume={12 6},
  pages={1403-13}
}
The extinction of the giant tortoises of the Seychelles Archipelago has long been suspected but is not beyond doubt. A recent morphological study of the giant tortoises of the western Indian Ocean concluded that specimens of two native Seychelles species survive in captivity today alongside giant tortoises of Aldabra, which are numerous in zoos as well as in the wild. This claim has been controversial because some of the morphological characters used to identify these species, several measures… CONTINUE READING