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01 May 2011

ANOTHER NEW SPECIES DISCOVERED DURING THE INTERNATIONAL YEAR OF BIODIVERSITY (2010) WAS VIETNAMESE, TOO


It is a lizard named Leiolepis ngovantrii, with populations made up of only female individuals (thus parthenogenetic, asexual), found in Binh Chau – Phuoc Buu Nature Reserve, Xuyen Moc district, BaRia-Vung Tau Province, Vietnam. It was long time unnoticed to science in spite of inhabiting a heavily populated area and being eaten in local restaurants. Its pattern of coloration provides camouflage in the coastal sandy places they inhabit, as well as under mangrove forests during the dry season.  

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