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Tuatara tuesday – sex determination in a warming world - Chicken or Egg

Hilary Miller Nov 09, 2010

Seeing as reptile reproduction seems to be a bit of a hot topic right now, I thought it was time to talk about sex determination in tuatara. Tuatara do things a little differently to other reptiles when it comes to sex determination – not because they have temperature-dependent sex determination (thats common to lots of […] … Read More

Tuatara tuesday – an iconic parasite for an iconic species - Chicken or Egg

Hilary Miller Oct 26, 2010

As you might expect from an animal that is so evolutionarily distant from its nearest relatives, the tuatara also has some unique parasites to call its own.  One of these is the tick Amblyomma sphenodonti (sometimes also called Aponomma sphenodonti), pictured here. Like many ticks, A. sphenodonti are host-specific, spending all three of their life stages […] … Read More