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Published: 2020-11-27

A New Species of Mud Turtle of Genus Kinosternon (Testudines: Kinosternidae) from the Pacific Coastal Plain of Northwestern Mexico

Tecnológico Nacional de México Campus Zacapoaxtla, Posgrado en Ciencias Ambientales. División de Biología. Laboratorio de Ecofisiología y Zoología. Carretera Acuaco-Zacapoaxtla Km 8. Col. Totoltepec, Zacapoaxtla, Puebla, México. C. P. 73680. Red Mesoamericana y del Caribe para la Conservación deAnfibios y Reptiles (MesoHerp). Biodiversa, Comité Nacional para la Conservación de Ecosistemas Mexicanos A.C. Avenida de la Ribera no. 203, C.P. 45900, Chapala, Jalisco, México.
Herp.mx A.C. Villa de Álvarez, Colima, México.
Tecnológico Nacional de México Campus Zacapoaxtla, Posgrado en Ciencias Ambientales. División de Biología. Laboratorio de Ecofisiología y Zoología. Carretera Acuaco-Zacapoaxtla Km 8. Col. Totoltepec, Zacapoaxtla, Puebla, México. C. P. 73680.
Biodiversa, Comité Nacional para la Conservación de Ecosistemas Mexicanos A.C. Avenida de la Ribera no. 203, C.P. 45900, Chapala, Jalisco, México. Herp.mx A.C. Villa de Álvarez, Colima, México.
Universidad Tecnológica de Panamá, Campus Víctor Levi Sasso. Avenida Universidad Vía Puente Centenario, Ancón, Republic of Panamá. Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute, Apartado Postal 0843-03092, Balboa, Ancón, Republic of Panamá.
División Académica de Ciencias Biológicas, Universidad Juárez Autónoma de Tabasco. Carr. Villahermosa-Cárdenas km 0.5, 86039 Villahermosa, Tabasco, México.
División Académica de Ciencias Biológicas, Universidad Juárez Autónoma de Tabasco. Carr. Villahermosa-Cárdenas km 0.5, 86039 Villahermosa, Tabasco, México. Instituto de Neuroetología, Universidad Veracruzana. Av. Dr. Luis Castelazo, Col. Industrial Ánimas, 91190 Xalapa-Enríquez, Veracruz, México. Current address.
Reptilia freshwater turtle sp. nov. endemic Sinaloa Nayarit Pacific Coastal Plain

Abstract

We describe a new species of mud turtle of the genus Kinosternon from the Pacific Coastal Plain of the Mexican states Sinaloa and Nayarit. The new species shares morphological characters with the recently described Kinosternon vogti, which are unique to these two turtles and separate them from the other species of the genus. The new species differs from K. vogti by skin coloration, size, and the scutellation of both carapace and plastron. We also present a molecular phylogeny of the family Kinosternidae based on two mitochondrial and four nuclear loci. Our results show that the new species is most closely related to K. vogti, and together they form the sister group to the K. hirtipes and K. integrum species groups of Kinosternon.

 

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