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Varanus bangonorum WELTON, TRAVERS, SILER & BROWN, 2014

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Higher TaxaVaranidae, Platynota, Anguimorpha, Sauria, Squamata (lizards) 
Subspecies 
Common NamesBangon Monitor Lizard 
SynonymVaranus bangonorum WELTON, TRAVERS, SILER & BROWN 2014
Varanus (Soterosaurus) bangonorum — BUCKLITSCH et al. 2016: 50 
DistributionPhilippines (Mindoro)

Type locality: 230 m above sea level (12.787806, 120.915972; WGS-84), Sitio Aruyan, Barangay Malisbong, Municipality of Sablayan, Occidental Mindoro Province, Island, Philippines  
Reproduction 
TypesHolotype. PNM 9798 (formerly University of Kansas Natural Biodiversity Institute [KU] 335744; Field no. RMB 17757), sub-adult male, collected by SLT and RMB, 16 July 2013.
Paratopotypes. KU 335742 (RMB Field No. 17720), juvenile, collected 11 July 2013.
Paratypes. KU 335743 (RMB Field No. 17824), juvenile, Lake Libuao, Barangay Malisbong, Municipality of Sablayan, Occidental Mindoro Province, Mindoro Island, Philippines; PNM 9799 (formerly KU 308403), 308437 (ELR Field Nos. 843, 877), juvenile and adult female, Sitio Ulasan, Barangay Harrison, Municipality of Paluan, Occidental Mindoro Province, Mindoro Island, Philippines; KU 305151, 305161, 305163 (CDS Field Nos. 714, 715, 648), juveniles, Barangay Tinogboc, Municipality of Caluya, Antique Province, Semirara Island, Philippines. 
Comment 
EtymologyThe specific epithet, bangonorum, is a plural noun derived from the name of the indigenous Bangon peoples of Mindoro Island, who reside along the rivers and central Cordillera mountain system in Oriental Mindoro Province. Anthropologists have shown the Bangon tribal group to be culturally distinct from other tribal groups inhabiting Mindoro (Tweddell 1970; Mangyan Heritage Center). 
References
  • Welton, Luke J.; SCOTT L. TRAVERS, CAMERON D. SILER, RAFE M. BROWN 2014. Integrative taxonomy and phylogeny-based species delimitation of Philippine water monitor lizards (Varanus salvator Complex) with descriptions of two new cryptic species. Zootaxa 3881 (3): 201–227 - get paper here
 
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