Geckos are a species-rich clade of reptiles possessing diverse sex determining mechanisms. Some species possess genetic sex determination, with both male and female heterogamety, while other species have temperature-dependent sex determination. I compiled information from the literature on the taxonomic distribution of these sex determining mechanisms in geckos. Using phylogenetic data from the literature, I reconstructed the minimum number of transitions among these sex determining mechanisms with parsimony-based ancestral state reconstruction. While only a small number of gecko species have been characterized, numerous changes among sex determining mechanisms were inferred. This diversity, coupled with the high frequency of transitions, makes geckos excellent candidates as a model clade for the study of vertebrate sex determination and evolution.
Gamble, Tony, "A Review of Sex Determining Mechanisms in Geckos (Gekkota: Squamata)" (2010). Biological Sciences Faculty Research and Publications. 768.
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Accepted version. Sexual Development, Vol. 4, No. 1-2 (2010): 88-103. DOI. © 2010 Karger. Used with permission.
T. Gamble was affiliated with University of Minnesota at the time of publication.