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Varanus lirungensis KOCH, ARIDA, SCHMITZ, BÖHME & ZIEGLER, 2009

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Higher TaxaVaranidae, Platynota, Anguimorpha, Sauria, Squamata (lizards) 
Common NamesTalaud mangrove monitor 
SynonymVaranus lirungensis KOCH, ARIDA, SCHMITZ, BÖHME & ZIEGLER 2009
Varanus (Euprepiosaurus) lirungensis — KOCH et al. 2010
Varanus (Euprepiosaurus) lirungensis — KOCH et al. 2013
Varanus (Euprepiosaurus) lirungensis — BUCKLITSCH et al. 2016: 50 
DistributionIndonesia (Talaud Islands, Sulawesi)

Type locality: near Lirung, Pulau Salibabu, Talaud Islands, Indonesia.  
TypesHolotype: MZB Lac. 5178 (field number AK059), adult male (Figs 4–6), collected by A. Koch and E. Arida, on 18.vii.2005. Paratypes. MZB Lac. 5177 (AK064), adult female, collected by A. Koch and E. Arida on 19.vii.2005, same locality data as holotype; MZB Lac. 5179 (AK066) and MZB Lac. 5180 (AK065), two adult males; MZB Lac. 5176 (AK067), subadult, same data as previous specimens; ZMA 15411b, juvenile, Lirung, Pulau (=Island) Salibabu, Kepulauan (=Archipelago) Talaud, collected by the Siboga Expedition of M. Weber, 25–27.vii.1899; ZFMK 87587 (formerly ZMA 15411a), adult female, same collection data as the previous specimen. 
EtymologyThe specific epithet, lirungensis, is derived from the name of the small town of Lirung on Salibabu Island in the Talaud Archipelago, from where the type series originates. 
  • 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 A, Ziegler T, Böhme W, Arida E, Auliya M. 2013. Pressing Problems: Distribution, Threats, and Conservation Status of the Monitor Lizards (Varanidae: Varanus spp.) of Southeast Asia and the Indo-Australian Archipelago. Herp. Cons. Biol. 8 (Monograph 3): 1 − 62. - get paper here
  • Koch, A. 2011. The Amphibians and Reptiles of Sulawesi: Underestimated Diversity in a Dynamic Environment. In: F.E. Zachos and J.C. Habel (eds.), Biodiversity Hotspots. Springer, Berlin, p. 383-404
  • Koch, A. 2012. Discovery, Diversity, and Distribution of the Amphibians and Reptiles of Sulawesi and its offshore islands. Edition Chimaira, 374 pp. [ISBN 978-3-89973-432-4] - get paper here
  • Koch, André; Mark Auliya & Thomas Ziegler 2010. Updated checklist of the living monitor lizards of the world (Squamata: Varanidae). Bonn Zool. Bull. 57 (2): 127–136 - get paper here
  • Weijola V, Sweet SS. 2015. A single species of mangrove monitor (Varanus) occupies Ambon, Seram, Buru and Saparua, Moluccas, Indonesia. Amphibian & Reptile Conservation 9 (1) [General Section]: 14–23 - get paper here
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