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Zebra Shark Has Baby Without Mating

January 18, 2017, BY

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For the first time ever in recorded history, scientists in Australia have observed a leopard shark switching from sexual to asexual reproduction! Leonie the shark had previously mated with a male leopard shark at the Reef HQ aquarium near Queensland Australia. The 2 sharks had been separated since 2012 but in 2016 Leonie hatched 2 eggs despite having no mating partner. DNA then confirms that the pups only have cells from Leonie, to disprove any believers that she may have stored male DNA from previously being mated.

The leopard shark, also known as a zebra shark is on the International Union for Conservation of Nature's Endangered Species List.

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