Varanus rainerguentheri ZIEGLER, BÖHME & SCHMITZ, 2007
Can you confirm these amateur observations of Varanus rainerguentheri?
|Higher Taxa||Varanidae, Platynota, Anguimorpha, Sauria, Squamata (lizards)|
|Synonym||Varanus rainerguentheri ZIEGLER, BÖHME & SCHMITZ 2007|
Varanus (Euprepiosaurus) rainerguentheri — KOCH et al. 2010
Varanus (Euprepiosaurus) rainerguentheri — KOCH et al. 2013
Varanus (Euprepiosaurus) rainerguentheri — BUCKLITSCH et al. 2016: 50
|Distribution||Indonesia (Halmahera, Moluccas, incl. Morotai, Bacan, Buru)|
Type locality: Halmahera, Moluccas, Indonesia
|Reproduction||oviparous, parthenogenetic species|
|Types||Holotype: ZFMK 85404; Paratype: USNM|
|Diagnosis||Diagnosis: The new species is characterized by the following combination of characters: habitus relatively stoutly built, without swollen parietal region, but with relatively blunt snout tip in the larger specimen; dorsum greyish, with transversal rows of blackish ocelli with yellow centres; blackish temporal band, framed below by a light stripe; ventral side cream to greyish, with a dark network or transversal stripe pattern, but with light centre of throat; tongue pink-coloured, with greyish tips and bifurcation area as well as a longitudinal dark pigmented middle stripe running above and below the first half of the tongue; tail with transversal ocellate pattern; tail shape roundish only in its first eighth to tenth, then with well differentiated double keel on dorsal ridge; 138-139 midbody scale rows; 130-136 transverse rows of dorsal scales from hind margin of tympanum to beginning of hind legs; hemipenis with asymmetrical sulcus spermaticus, and paryphasma rows that stretch only towards the outer lobe.|
|Comment||Similar species: V. indicus.|
Sympatry: V. cerambonensis (on Buru)
Distribution: see map in Somma & Koch 2012. Weijola and Sweet (2015) argue that the species on Ambon, Seram, Buru, and Saparua is all V. indicus).
|Etymology||The specific epithet is a patronym in genitive singular. The new species is dedicated to Dr. Rainer Günther, Curator of herpetology at the Museum für Naturkunde der Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin to acknowledge his long-term and outstanding taxonomic research on the herpetofauna of Indonesia (New Guinea) in particular and of South East Asia in general. See Barts (2006) and Lötters (2010) for a biographical sketch of R. Günther.|