Varanus togianus (PETERS, 1872)
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|Higher Taxa||Varanidae, Platynota, Anguimorpha, Sauria, Squamata (lizards)|
|Synonym||Monitor (Hydrosaurus) togianus PETERS 1872: 582|
Varanus togianus — BOULENGER 1885: 316
Varanus togianus — DE ROOIJ 1915: 147
Varanus salvator togianus — MERTENS 1941: 272
Varanus salvator togianus — BAUER et al. 1995: 67
Varanus cf. togianus — KOCH & ACCIAIOLI 2007
Varanus togianus — KOCH et al. 2007
Varanus (Soterosaurus) togianus — KOCH et al. 2010
Varanus (Soterosaurus) togianus — BUCKLITSCH et al. 2016: 50
|Distribution||Togian Islands, Sulawesi, Indonesia|
Type locality: “Togian-Inseln (Timotto)” [Indonesia] Map legend:
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|Types||Lectotype: ZMB 7388 (designated by MERTENS 1942)|
|Comment||The melanistic taxon togianus is a member of the V. salvator complex, characterized by the combination of (1) a dark (in preservative dark brown, in life black) dorsal background colour with dark scales more or less encircled by light brown to orange granula forming light distal margins; (2) lacking any spots or ocelli dorsally; (3) a unicoloured dark tail without light crossbands; (4) a dark coloured ventral side with distinctive yellowish rectangles on the chin and throat; (5) more than ten indistinct light crossbands on the belly; and (6) large (ventral) scales mirrored by the presence of OTU 14 in cluster I (i.e. lowest mean values) of nine in thirteen parameters (P, Q, S, T, N, TN, U, c and m). For pholidotic characters S, T, N, TN, and m these monitor lizards reveal the lowest mean scale counts on the ventral side among all taxa under investigation. The remaining diagnostic feature is the double mean head length relative to its width (index 10: 1.78-2.29, x = 2.05, s = 0.19). All other taxa have a shorter mean head length (index 10: x < 2.00). [from KOCH et al. 2007].|
|Etymology||named after its type locality.|
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