New species of freshwater turtle found in Papua New Guinea

  • 17 February 2016
Turtle Image copyright AFP PHOTO / EXXONMOBIL PNG

A new species of freshwater turtle has been discovered in Papua New Guinea, a mountainous and tropical country in the south Pacific Ocean.

The turtle is one of three distantly-related species found across Papua New Guinea and neighbouring parts of Indonesia.

The three species are thought to have evolved from a common ancestor about 17 to 19 million years ago.

One of the new turtle's unique features is its reddish colour.

Image copyright AFP PHOTO / EXXONMOBIL PNG