Verified after two decades: the fourth anaconda species

Two decades after having described a new Anaconda species based on morphological characteristics, a team guided by the former Georgian Humboldt fellow at the LIB Museum Koenig Bonn, David Tarknishvili, meanwhile professor and Institute Director at Ilia State University in Tbilissi, succeeded in extracting DNA from some old, so far unevaluated, still existing tissue samples and to substantiate and verify the specific status of the new species also genetically. Also, the former staff member of the Museum Koenig, Dr. Axel Hille, and the museum’s senior herpetologist Prof. Wolfgang Böhme were part of the team, the latter was also the doctoral supervisor of the two above-mentioned PhD students.

Quelle: IDW Informationsdienst Wissenschaft