More Lizard Parthenogenesis

The interesting trend of new lizard species being discovered on the menus of pacific rim countries before being ever catalogued by scientists in the wild continues with Leiolepis ngovantrii, a small green lizard found primarily in the Mekong River Delta of Vietnam. Other than being a fairly handsome member of the genus, although apparently not very tasty, this species is unique for one other reason: it appears to contain only females and reproduces solely by parthenogenesis. All the individuals are direct genetic copies of their mother. You may recall this capability was observed in komodo dragons several years ago, and it has been witnessed in other lizard and fish species as well; however, intriguingly, leiolepis appears not only to be capable of parthenogenesis, but at this point it seems to be the primary, if not singular, mode of its reproduction. No males have yet been found on the buffet line or in the wild.

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