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Varanus rasmusseni KOCH, GAULKE & BÖHME, 2010

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Higher TaxaVaranidae, Platynota, Anguimorpha, Sauria, Squamata (lizards) 
Common Names 
SynonymVaranus rasmusseni KOCH, GAULKE & BÖHME 2010
Varanus (Soterosaurus) rasmusseni — KOCH et al. 2010
Varanus (Soterosaurus) rasmusseni — BUCKLITSCH et al. 2016: 50 
DistributionPhilippines (Sulu Archipelago)

Type locality: Tarawakan, north of Batu–Batu, Tawi–Tawi Island, Sulu Archipelago, Philippines. Map legend:
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TypesHolotype: ZMUC R42151 (field number E141, Figs. 19–21), an adult male collected by the Noona Dan Expedition, 13.XI.1961. Paratype. ZFMK 89391 (formerly ZMUC R42153, field number E136, Figs. 22–24), a juvenile with the same locality data as the holotype; also collected by the Noona Dan Expedition, 27.X.1961 
EtymologyThe specific epithet rasmusseni is a patronym honouring the late Jens B. Rasmussen (1947– 2005), herpetologist at the Zoological Museum of the University of Copenhagen (ZMUC), Denmark, since 1977, for his significant contributions to herpetology in general, and for his support of this discipline at the Copenhagen Museum. 
  • Koch, A. 2010. Underestimated Diversity of Philippine Water Monitor Lizards (Varanus salvator Complex) Unraveled: a Contribution to the International Year of Biodiversity, 2010. Biawak 4 (2): 69-74 - get paper here
  • Koch, A.; Gaulke, M. & Böhme, W. 2010. Unravelling the underestimated diversity of Philippine water monitor lizards (Squamata: Varanus salvator complex), with the description of two new species and a new subspecies. Zootaxa 2446: 1–54 - 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
  • Koch, André; Thomas Ziegler, Wolfgang Böhme, and Mark Auliya 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
  • Sy, Emerson Y. and Romulo Quemado. 2014. Geographic Distribution: Varanus rasmusseni (Rasmussen's water monitor lizard). Herpetological Review 45 (3): 464
  • Welton, Luke J.; SCOTT L. TRAVERS, CAMERON D. SILER, RAFE M. BROWN 2014. Integrative taxonomy and phylogeny-based species delimitation of Philippine water monitor lizards (Varanus salvator Complex) with descriptions of two new cryptic species. Zootaxa 3881 (3): 201–227 - get paper here
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