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Varanus auffenbergi SPRACKLAND, 1999

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Higher TaxaVaranidae, Platynota, Varanoidea, Anguimorpha, Sauria, Squamata (lizards)
Common NamesG: Auffenbergs Waran
E: Auffenberg’s Monitor, Pin-spot monitor, Peacock monitor 
SynonymVaranus auffenbergi SPRACKLAND 1999
Varanus auffenbergi — AST 2001
Varanus (Odatria) auffenbergi — WESIAK 2008
Varanus (Odatria) auffenbergi — KOCH et al. 2013
Varanus (Odatria) auffenbergi — BUCKLITSCH et al. 2016 
DistributionIndonesia (Roti Island)

Type locality: Roti Island, Indonesia  
TypesHolotype: AMNH 143812, adult female 
CommentIllustration in Akeret (2003). AST (2001) indicated that this species may be synonymous to V. timorensis.

Abundance: only known from the type locality (Meiri et al. 2017). 
EtymologyNamed after Dr. Walter Auffenberg Jr. (1928-2004), American herpetologist and paleontologist who wrote about monitor lizards, among other things. He was also Curator of Herpetology, Florida Natural History Museum (1963-1984), and then Professor of Zoology until retiring (1991). 
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  • Augstenová, Barbora, Eleonora Pensabene, Lukáš Kratochvíl, and Michail Rovatsos. 2021. Cytogenetic Evidence for Sex Chromosomes and Karyotype Evolution in Anguimorphan Lizards. Cells 10, no. 7: 1612 - get paper here
  • Beolens, Bo; Michael Watkins, and Michael Grayson 2011. The Eponym Dictionary of Reptiles. Johns Hopkins University Press, Baltimore, USA - get paper here
  • 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 - get paper here
  • Canto, R. del 2007. Notes on the occurrence of Varanus auffenbergi on roti Island. Biawak 1 (1): 24-25 - get paper here
  • Hörenberg, Thomas 2013. Der Timorwaran der Insel Roti: Varanus auffenbergi. Draco 13 (53): 51-54 - get paper here
  • 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
  • Meiri, Shai; Aaron M. Bauer, Allen Allison, Fernando Castro-Herrera, Laurent Chirio, Guarino Colli, Indraneil Das, Tiffany M. Doan, Frank Glaw, Lee L. Grismer, Marinus Hoogmoed, Fred Kraus, Matthew LeBreton, Danny Meirte, Zoltán T. Nagy, Cristiano d 2017. Extinct, obscure or imaginary: the lizard species with the smallest ranges. Diversity and Distributions - get paper here
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  • TRAINOR, COLIN R.; OKI HIDAYAT & STIJN COOLEMAN. 2022. New Records and Observations of the Peacock Monitor (Varanus auffenbergi) from Rote Island, East Nusa Tenggara, Indonesia, with an Analysis of Extent of Occurrence. Biawak 15(1): 8–13. - get paper here
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