NYT refs iNaturalist in research

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Two recent research efforts looked into the southern alligator lizard, which has one of nature’s more extreme mating strategies.

Interesting New York Times Science story includes a reference to iNaturalist:

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/09/29/science/lizard-sex-jaws.html

It links to an observation by natureinla
https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/22517665

Snippet:
“ Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County. Since 2015, the museum has put out a yearly call for photos and videos of alligator lizards getting it on, which it collects through emails, social media and the platform iNaturalist.”

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Thanks for this post :) I love hearing the ways people use iNat data.

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That project asked me for my observation earlier this year. Very fun.

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That is so interesting, how data from iNat can be used directly in research. Hope somehow I’d be able to contribute to society in a way like this.

On a side note, those lizards are really rough when mating, I actually wonder the reasons as to why… winnowing the weaker ones to find those with the strongest genes? Position of the genitalia are awkward and/or blocked?
Alright, I’m reading that up, haha

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Just read it up, oh wow, it’s very different from what I had originally thought. A lot more gentle than Varanus lizards at least!

Still, I wonder why they do that, not to mention the sheer amount of time it apparently takes. Actually reminds me of snakes for some reason…

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We scooped the New York Times on this story three years ago :wink:

https://www.inaturalist.org/blog/11218-inaturalist-occurrence-data-and-alligator-lizard-mating

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Well, well, well… the story that keeps on going. :)

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Also, I loved the great video with Dr. Pauly… he just nails it!

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