Varanus cumingi MARTIN, 1839
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|Higher Taxa||Varanidae, Platynota, Anguimorpha, Sauria, Squamata (lizards)|
|Common Names||Cuming’s water monitor|
|Synonym||Varanus cumingi MARTIN 1839|
Varanus cumingii — BOULENGER 1885: 316
Varanus salvator cumingi — MERTENS 1942
Varanus salvator cumingi — BÖHME 2002
Varanus cumingi — KOCH et al. 2007
Varanus (Soterosaurus) cumingi — KOCH et al. 2010
Varanus (Soterosaurus) cumingi — BUCKLITSCH et al. 2016: 50
Type locality: Mindanao, Philippines. Map legend:
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|Types||Lectotype: BMNH 19220.127.116.11 (dried skin), adult.|
|Comment||Diagnosis: As a conspicuous member of the V. salvator complex, V. cumingi can be identified by two main features: (1) the intensive yellow colour pattern of head and body in combination with the black background colour and (2) the possession of enlarged occipital scales around the pineal organ (character P: 47-57, x = 49.92, s = 2.99). Further diagnostic scalation characters are (3) enlarged dorsal scales (parameters X, Y, and XY; see Tab. 7) and (4) low scale counts around the tail at one third of the tail length (character R: 44-55, x = 49.25, s = 3.44). Additional characteristics of the colour pattern of V. cumingi are (5) black ocelli on the ventral side of the tail, (6) a black streak extending from the eye to the upper margin of the tympanum, (7) usually a unicoloured yellow chin without dark bars or crossbands, and (8) 8 to 15 dark crossbands on the belly.|
|Etymology||V. cumingi has been named after the collector of the type, “Mr. H. Cuming”. The subspecific epithet samarensis refers to the type locality Samar Islands, Philippines.|
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