New Lizard Species Discovered! Seriously.
The most interesting part: This species reproduces by cloning itself; there are no males, only females, and each lizard is a clone of its mother. Weird.
It may be an old menu standby to Vietnamese diners, but it’s turned into a smorgasbord of discovery for scientists.
Researchers have identified a previously undocumented species of all-female lizard in the Mekong River delta that can reproduce itself by cloning, and the story of how it was discovered is almost as exotic as the animal itself.
Leiolepis ngovantrii is a small lizard found only in southern Vietnam. A Vietnamese reptile scientist who came across tanks full of the remarkably similar looking reptiles at small diners in rural villages in Ba Ria-Vung Tau province became intrigued when he noticed that all of the lizards appeared to be female.