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Post by Phil on Wed Nov 03, 2010 3:44 am

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Post by St3ve76 on Wed Nov 03, 2010 4:17 am

Quite mad how things like that happen.
Wonder if there are other animlas that can do this ?

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Post by Warren_Booth on Wed Nov 03, 2010 6:29 am

Here are a few other links to my new paper, and a link to the paper also.

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Post by lisafay on Wed Nov 03, 2010 6:46 am

Very interesting stuff. Here's a link to a paper by James Hennessey, recording parthenogenesis in his Mile monitor at Rep Village -
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Post by jonty on Wed Nov 03, 2010 6:48 am

Thanks for the links Warren I'm looking forward to having a read at the paper.

Steve, I think Tan put up a topic about asexual reproduction in whiptail lizards a while back, I try to find it.

I have read about it happening before I think it is more common with insects.
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Post by Warren_Booth on Wed Nov 03, 2010 6:59 am

lisafay wrote:Very interesting stuff. Here's a link to a paper by James Hennessey, recording parthenogenesis in his Mile monitor at Rep Village -
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Unfortunately no genetic testing was performed on that individual, otherwise it would have made better press.

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Post by jonty on Wed Nov 03, 2010 7:01 am

jonty wrote:Thanks for the links Warren I'm looking forward to having a read at the paper.

Steve, I think Tan put up a topic about asexual reproduction in whiptail lizards a while back, I try to find it.

I have read about it happening before I think it is more common with insects.

Here's a link to the thread

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Re: Girl Power: No Male? No Problem for Female Boa Constrictor

Post by Warren_Booth on Wed Nov 03, 2010 7:22 am

In all lizard examples, with the exception of the monitors, parthengenesis has resulted ancestrally from mating between closely related species. This is actually known as Gynogenesis, meaning parthenogenesis in the presence of sperm. Sperm, is of course, not utilised there. In my example in Boas, this is the first record of multipl, viable, parthenogenetic females with the sex chromosomal arrangement WW.

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Post by jonty on Wed Nov 03, 2010 7:27 am

Thanks Warren, as soon as I posted the link, I realised that it was a different scenario, just having a blonde moment LOL
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Post by Tony W on Wed Nov 03, 2010 10:21 pm

Great work Warren...

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Post by Tan on Wed Nov 03, 2010 10:27 pm

I 'liked' all your article links on facebook earlier lol (some reading) and think this is fantastic Warren. Well done.

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Post by morelia on Thu Nov 04, 2010 2:30 am

Nice research! Theres so much still to learn about the animals we have right under our noses. I mean who knows what we would find if similar studies were done routinely.
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