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KU Student Identifies New Lizard Species


LAWRENCE, Ks. – Until recently, there were eight known species of Southeast Asian butterfly lizards. But a KU biology student has added another to the count, and he discovered the new species on the menu of a Vietnamese restaurant.

Jesse Grismer, who is a first year doctoral student, traveled to Vietnam to get a first hand look at this lizard. The lizard belongs to the leiolepis group, and like many of its relatives, is often a food item for many in the Vietnam region. After gathering some samples to bring back to the U.S., Grismer got to taste these fried lizards and concedes that he prefers to study them rather than eat them.

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