Parthenogenesis - 'Virgin Birth', confirmed in wild snake species
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September 14th, 2012, 04:28 AM
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Pretty sure this article is out of date.
Parthenogenesis has been known in reptiles, mostly smaller lizards and snakes for some time now. Whiptail Lizards (in the link) have long be known to have a female-only population though so these snakes certainly aren't the only 'wild' examples.
Edit:// Wait, the thing then contradicts itself and says it's known in loads of species. Neverminddd!
- Yes, asexual reproduction leads to very genetically similar populations. If a new disease comes along/the environment changes suddenly then those populations reproducing by parthenogenesis will be unlikely to have the diversity to survive.
Just a note, although they are asexual offspring there will be
genetic differences due to random mutations.
I believe the difference is that it was observed in captive animals before it was documented in the wild.
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