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Old 11-11-2010, 05:23 PM
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Default New Self-Cloning Lizard Found in Vietnam Restaurant


The newfound lizard (pictured) is a common food in southeastern Vietnam.
Photograph courtesy Lee Grismer

You could call it the surprise du jour: A popular food on Vietnamese menus has turned out to be a lizard previously unknown to science, scientists say.

What's more, the newfound Leiolepis ngovantrii is no run-of-the-mill reptile—the all-female species reproduces via cloning, without the need for male lizards.
Single-gender lizards aren't that much of an oddity: About one percent of lizards can reproduce by parthenogenesis, meaning the females spontaneously ovulate and clone themselves to produce offspring with the same genetic blueprint.

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Old 11-11-2010, 06:19 PM
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Very cool, but personally I would have posted it in the general lizards section.
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Must be weird. having clones of youself running around
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Must be weird. having clones of youself running around
I'd love to have clones of myself running around... we could take it in turns going to work one day a week... bliss... but as I'd be the original I'd have to keep and spend all the money!
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Old 13-11-2010, 06:42 PM
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I'd like a pair of these.... ;)
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Old 13-11-2010, 08:55 PM
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Very cool, but personally I would have posted it in the general lizards section.
I already did
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Old 13-11-2010, 09:01 PM
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They look really nice, id love a pair of these too
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