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New Species of Lizard Found -on the Menu

Vietnamese herpetologist Ngo Van Tri noticed something strange about the tanks of lizards at the small diners in the village of Ba Ria-Vung Tau. They were all female, which is odd for the species Leiolepis ngovantrii, which is what they were thought to be. So he called a friend and fellow scientist at La Sierra University in California.
Dr. Lee Grismer and his son, Jesse Grismer, a doctoral candidate, flew all the way to Hanoi and then faced a grueling two-day motorcycle trip out to a restaurant where the owner promised to set aside a stash of the creatures for study.

But there was a little problem, says Grismer.

"Unfortunately, the owner wound up getting drunk, and grilled them all up for his patrons... so when we got there, there was nothing left."

Faced with an empty tank and nearly dashed hopes, the men asked around at other cafes in the area for the local delicacy, and hired children to track down as many of the lizards as they could find.

What they received were 60 females -of a previously unknown lizard species that reproduces without males! Still, Grismer was obliged to eat some lizards to show proper etiquette to the local restaurant. How does it taste?
"You take a bite out of it and it feels like something very old and dead in your mouth," he said.

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(Image credit: Lee Grismer/La Sierra University)

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Hmm... an amoeba is a critter that has no sex, because they never reproduce by combining DNA from two different parents. Lizards do, so they form male and female to do it.

I don't know about the rest of your questions... anyone?
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What exactly is the difference between 'all females' and asexual reproduction like an amoeba? If a species has no males, can it have all females? Can a species have all males and still reproduce?

Did box turtles just marry?
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