‘Bearded ladies’ are less sexy to male lizards

Females with masculine neck marks are passed over as mates

By Ashley Yeager, 17:25 PM November 5, 2013

Male eastern fence lizards like ladies that look like ladies.

The males of the species, Sceloporus undulatus, have bright blue patches outlined in black along their throats and abdomens. About three-fourths of females have smaller, less-vibrant blue patches, giving them the name “bearded ladies.”

When given a choice of two females in a lab experiment, males preferred to mate with those with fewer or no blue scales, a new study finds. Males did mate with bearded ladies, but the resulting egg clu...

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