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Chinese crocodile lizards (Shinisaurus crocodilurus) are critically endangered and captive breeding is crucial to their long-term survival. However, these lizards are difficult to sex, hampering conservation efforts. Researchers will develop a simple genetic test to identify if a crocodile lizard is male or female. The test will be used to determine the sex of every crocodile lizard in participating American and Canadian zoos to help save the species. Additionally, researchers will create a detailed written protocol for distribution to zoos worldwide to facilitate captive breeding of Chinese crocodile lizards at additional facilities.

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Marquette University
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United States
Tony Gamble, PhD
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