Varanus obor WEIJOLA & SWEET, 2010
Can you confirm these amateur observations of Varanus obor?
|Higher Taxa||Varanidae, Platynota, Anguimorpha, Sauria, Squamata (lizards)|
|Synonym||Varanus obor WEIJOLA & SWEET 2010|
Varanus (Euprepiosaurus) obor — KOCH et al. 2010
Varanus (Euprepiosaurus) obor — KOCH et al. 2013
Varanus (Euprepiosaurus) obor — BUCKLITSCH et al. 2016: 50
|Distribution||Indonesia (N Moluccas: Sanana)|
Type locality: Soela-Bési [now known as Pulau Sanana, Maluku Utara province], Indonesia
|Types||Holotype: RMNH RENA 7225. Leg. et don. D.S. Hoedt. Collection date was apparently not recorded, but probably between 1863– 1866 as Dirk Samuel Hoedt (1815–1893) was Secretary of the Moluccas from 1853–1867, and travelled extensively while collecting for the Natural History Museum, Leiden, between 1863–1866 (SteenisKruseman, 1950).|
|Etymology||The specific epithet obor is from Bahasa Indonesia. Obor means torch, in reference to the striking facial coloration of this species which is unique in the subgenus Euprepiosaurus. The term is employed as a noun in apposition. We suggest the common name Sago Monitor in recognition of the association of this species with Metroxylon palm swamps. The local name for V. obor sp. n. is “soa-soa hitam” (black monitor).|
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