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Varanus cerambonensis PHILIPP, BÖHME & ZIEGLER, 1999

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Higher TaxaVaranidae, Platynota, Sauria (lizards) 
Common Names 
SynonymVaranus cerambonensis PHILIPP, BÖHME & ZIEGLER 1999
Varanus cerambonensis — AST 2001
Varanus (Euprepiosaurus) cerambonensis — KOCH et al. 2013 
DistributionIndonesia, Mollucas (Seram, Ambon, Banda, Buru, Obi), New Guinea ?

Type locality: Laimu (30°19'S, 129°44'E, Seram (= Ceram) Map legend:
Type locality - Type locality.
TypesHolotype: ZFMK (on loan from MZB) 
CommentDistribution: Phillip et al. (1999) mentioned a record from New Guinea, but without detailed locality. 
EtymologyNamed after the type locality. 
  • Ast, Jennifer C. 2001. Mitochondrial DNA Evidence and Evolution in Varanoidea (Squamata). Cladistics 17 (3): 211-226 [erratum in 18 (1):125]
  • Iskandar, Djoko T. and Mumpuni 2002. The herpetological type specimens in the Museum Zoologicum Bogoriense Collection. Hamadryad 27 (1):123-135 - get paper here
  • Koch A, Arida E, Schmitz A, Böhme W, Ziegler T. 2009. Refining the polytypic species concept of mangrove monitors (Squamata: Varanus indicus group): a new cryptic species from the Talaud Islands, Indonesia, reveals the underestimated diversity of Indo-Australian monitor lizards. Australian Journal of Zoology 57(1): 29-40 - get paper here
  • Koch, André; Thomas Ziegler, Wolfgang Böhme, and Mark Auliya 2013. Pressing Problems: Distribution, Threats, and Conservation Status of the Monitor Lizards (Varanidae: Varanus spp.) of Southeast Asia and the Indo-Australian Archipelago. Herpetological Conservation and Biology 8 (Monograph 3):1 − 62.
  • Philipp, K. M., W. Böhme & T. Ziegler 1999. The identity of Varanus indicus: Redefinition and description of a sibling species coexisting at the type locality (Sauria: Varanidae: Varanus indicus group). Spixiana 22 (3): 273-287 - get paper here
  • Philipp,K.M.; Ziegler, T. & Böhme, W. 2007. Preliminary Investigations of the Natural Diet of Six Monitor Lizard Species of the Varanus (Euprepiosaurus) indicus Group. Mertensiella 16: 336-345
  • Pianka, E. R. and D. R. King, eds. 2004. Varanoid Lizards of the World. Indiana University Press, 599 pp - get paper here
  • Ziegler, Thomas; Wolfgang Böhme, Andreas Schmitz 2007. A new species of the Varanus indicus group (Squamata, Varanidae) from Halmahera Island, Moluccas: morphological and molecular evidence. Mitteilungen aus dem Museum für Naturkunde in Berlin 83 (S1): 109-119
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