Varanus semotus WEIJOLA, DONNELLAN & LINDQVIST, 2016
Can you confirm these amateur observations of Varanus semotus?
|Higher Taxa||Varanidae, Platynota, Anguimorpha, Sauria, Squamata (lizards)|
|Common Names||Mussau Monitor|
|Synonym||Varanus semotus WEIJOLA, DONNELLAN & LINDQVIST 2016|
Varanus (Euprepiosaurus) semotus — BUCKLITSCH et al. 2016: 50
|Distribution||Papua New Guinea (Mussau Island)|
Type locality: north of the village of Nai, 30 September 2012, 2m elev. Mussau Island, St. Matthias group, Papua New Guinea, latitude -1.525, longitude. 149.749
|Types||Holotype. ZMUT Sa176 (field nr. 60) (Figs 1–2) collected by Valter Weijola.|
Paratypes. ZMUT Sa177 (field nr 64), ZMUT Sa178 (field nr 66) collected by Weijola near Nai 4 and 7 October 2012. Mussau Island, Papua New Guinea, lati- tude -1.525, longitude 149.749, ZMUC 4272 (field number E192) and ZMUC 4273 (field number E282) collected by the Noona Dan Expedition (presumably by Søren Andersen) on 19 January and 5 February 1962 at Talumalau, Mussau Island, Papua New Guinea.
|Comment||Similar species: V. finschi is the closest relative of V. semotus (also geographically the closest).|
Abundance: only known from its original description (Meiri et al. 2017).
|Etymology||The specific epithet semotus is Latin for distant or remote and refers to the isolated occurrence on Mussau, separated by several hundred kilometers from its closest relatives.|