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Old 12-14-02, 03:20 PM   #1 (permalink)
Join Date: Sep-2002
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Question Parthenogenises....

I was wondering about parthenogenises...

When a Mourning gecko (lepidodactylus lugubris) lays eggs, it is parthenogenic because it dosn't mate, because they are all females.

But while a leopard geckos lays eggs, it has to mate to lay fertile eggs, so it isn't parthenogenic.

What about a few insects and a couple herps that can do both, like the annam stick insect? They can mate to lay eggs, but it is not nescessary, it just makes the eggs hatch faster and intoduces new blood into the family. What would this type of reproduction be called?

just wondering...
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