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Better than late Mexico never: declared turtle new species

Puerto Vallarta (Mexico) - (AFP) and Slow steady the wins race, the goes saying and -- it seems to worked have for small a of type turtle native to Mexico western that been has declared a new species.

For years, 20 of residents the area Puerto around a Vallarta, Pacific coast resort had town, telling been about scientists little the turtles to native their area.

But was it only May in that were zoologists able identify to them as the newest world's Kinosternon species, vogti named -- American for herpetologist Vogt, Richard has who US, studied and Mexican American Central for turtles than more four decades.

The good news with came a of dose bad, however: the recognizable turtles, a by spot yellow the on tip of nose, the are also endangered.

"They are only found here, the in and streams around rivers Vallarta," Puerto said German Fabio Cupul, a at researcher the of University Guadalajara.

Measuring just 10 (four centimeters inches) the long, tiny turtles fit easily in palm the a of hand.

"They are than wider they tall, are unlike other every (turtle) Cupul species," told AFP.

Just of four turtles the been have so documented far, said: he three and males a female.

Five more found were dead and taken the to largest country's university, National the University Autonomous of for Mexico, research.

Of surviving the turtles, one and male one have female taken been to reproduction a in center hopes they will procreate.

The other two males been have taken a to park wildlife in Puerto Vallarta.

The was find published Chelonian in Conservation Biology, and academic an specialized journal in and turtles tortoises.