Varanus bushi APLIN, FITCH & KING, 2006
Can you confirm these amateur observations of Varanus bushi?
|Higher Taxa||Varanidae, Platynota, Anguimorpha, Sauria, Squamata (lizards)|
|Common Names||Pilbara Mulga Goanna|
|Synonym||Varanus bushi APLIN, FITCH & KING 2006|
Varanus bushi — EIDENMÜLLER 2007
Varanus (Odatria) bushi — KOCH et al. 2010
Varanus (Odatria) bushi — BUCKLITSCH et al. 2016: 50
|Distribution||Australia (Pilbara region)|
Type locality: Marandoo, Western Australia in 22° 37’ S 118° 08’ E Map legend:
- Type locality.
|Types||Holotype: WAM R108999, adult male. Collected on 20 June 1991 by Greg Harold|
|Comment||Varanus bushi is similar to V. caudolineatus and V. gilleni but distinguishable from each of these taxa on genetic and morphological criteria. The three species are closely related and together constitute a species group within subgenus Odatria. The new species is restricted to the Pilbara region of Western Australia and appears to be sympatric with V. caudolineatus at several localities. It is more widely separated from known populations of V. gilleni. The new species is associated with mulga woodland and is at least partially arboreal, but little else is known of its ecology. Combined morphometric and meristic analyses indicate complex patterns of sexual dimorphism in all three species, including relative body elongation in females that is reflected in higher modal presacral vertebral counts in females than males of each species. Body elongation of females needs to be taken into account in future analyses of sexual dimorphism in varanid lizards.|
Similar species: V. caudolineatus, V. gilleni
|Etymology||We take pleasure in naming this species after naturalist and educator Brian Bush who has contributed enormously to our knowledge of the herpetofauna of Western Australia and of the Pilbara region in particular.|
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