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Varanus obor WEIJOLA & SWEET, 2010

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Higher TaxaVaranidae, Platynota, Anguimorpha, Sauria, Squamata (lizards) 
Common Names 
SynonymVaranus 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 
DistributionIndonesia (N Moluccas: Sanana)

Type locality: Soela-Bési [now known as Pulau Sanana, Maluku Utara province], Indonesia  
TypesHolotype: 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). 
EtymologyThe 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). 
  • BUCKLITSCH, YANNICK; WOLFGANG BÖHME, ANDRÉ KOCH 2016. Scale Morphology and Micro-Structure of Monitor Lizards (Squamata: Varanidae: Varanus spp.) and their Allies: Implications for Systematics, Ecology, and Conservation. Zootaxa 4153 (1): 001–192
  • 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, 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
  • Weijola, V.S.A.; Sweet, S.S. 2010. A new melanistic species of monitor lizard (Reptilia: Squamata: Varanidae) from Sanana Island, Indonesia. Zootaxa 2434: 17–32 - get paper here
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