Another all female species self-cloning lizard species found
Posted: 19 March 2012 05:24 PM   [ Ignore ]
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Self-Cloning Lizard (Leiolepis ngovantrii)Credit: © L. Lee Grismer.A staggering array of reptile diversity was also newly discovered in 2010 - 28 reptiles in total including the newfound Leiolepis ngovantrii - an all-female species that reproduces via cloning, without the need for male lizards. Being all female, the newly discovered species may already be at a disadvantage because of its lack of genetic diversity. Even though it doesn’t seem to be rare in the wild, low levels of genetic diversity could compromise the robustness of the species, making it less resilient to changes in the climate and habitat over time.

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