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Varanus finschi BÖHME, HORN & ZIEGLER, 1994

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Higher TaxaVaranidae, Platynota, Varanoidea, Anguimorpha, Sauria, Squamata (lizards)
Common Names 
SynonymVaranus doreanus finschi BÖHME, HORN & ZIEGLER 1994
Varanus doreanus finschi — DE LISLE 1996: 122
Varanus finschi — ZIEGLER, PHILIPP & BÖHME 1999
Varanus finschi — AST 2001
Varanus (Euprepiosaurus) finschi — ZIEGLER et al. 2007
Varanus (Euprepiosaurus) finschi — KOCH et al. 2013
Varanus (Euprepiosaurus) finschi — BUCKLITSCH et al. 2016: 50 
DistributionNew Guinea, New Ireland [Bismarck Archipelago], Numpuur (= Numfur), Australia (N Queensland)

Type locality: Blanche Bay, New Britain, Bismarck archipelago.  
TypesHolotype: ZFMK 26347, paratypes ZFMK 26343-345, 26348, ZMB 14598, 26580a-c, 52998, 53000, ZISP 28833 
CommentNot listed by COGGER 2000.

The systematic status of the Kai Island population of V. finschi requires further investigations as these monitor lizards show differences in color pattern. 
EtymologyNamed after Friedrich Hermann Otto Finsch (1839-1917), a German ethnographer, ornithologist, naturalist, and traveler. He was the Director of museums in Bremen (1884) and Brunswick (Braunschweig). Bismarck appointed him Imperial Commissioner for the German Colony of Kaiser-Wilhelm-Land (New Guinea) (1884). 
  • Ast, Jennifer C. 2001. Mitochondrial DNA Evidence and Evolution in Varanoidea (Squamata). Cladistics 17 (3): 211-226 [erratum in 18 (1):125] - 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
  • Böhme, Wolfgang 2014. Herpetology in Bonn. Mertensiella 21. vi + 256 pp. - get paper here
  • Böhme,W., H. G. HORN & T. ZIEGLER 1994. Zur Taxonomie der Pazifikwarane (Varanus-indicus-Komplex): Revalidierung von Varanus doreanus (A. B. MEYER, 1874) mit Beschreibung einer neuen Unterart. Salamandra 30 (2): 119-142 - 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
  • Cogger, H. G. 2014. Reptiles and Amphibians of Australia, 7th ed. CSIRO Publishing, xxx + 1033 pp. - get paper here
  • Koch A, Arida E, Schmitz A, Böhme W, Ziegler T. 2009. Refining the polytypic species concept of mangrove monitors (Squamata: Varanus indicus group): a new cryptic species from the Talaud Islands, Indonesia, reveals the underestimated diversity of Indo-Australian monitor lizards. Australian Journal of Zoology 57(1): 29-40 - 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
  • Lisle, H.F. de 1996. Natural History of Monitor Lizards. Krieger, Malabar (Florida)
  • Philipp,K.M.; Ziegler, T. & Böhme, W. 2007. Preliminary Investigations of the Natural Diet of Six Monitor Lizard Species of the Varanus (Euprepiosaurus) indicus Group. Mertensiella 16: 336-345
  • Pianka, E. R. and D. R. King, eds. 2004. Varanoid Lizards of the World. Indiana University Press, 599 pp - get paper here
  • Weijola V, Donnellan SC, Lindqvist C 2016. A new blue-tailed Monitor lizard (Reptilia, Squamata, Varanus) of the Varanus indicus group from Mussau Island, Papua New Guinea. ZooKeys 568: 129-154, doi: 10.3897/zookeys.568.6872 - get paper here
  • Weijola, Valter; Varpu Vahtera, Christer Lindqvist, Fred Kraus 2019. A molecular phylogeny for the Pacific monitor lizards (Varanus subgenus Euprepiosaurus) reveals a recent and rapid radiation with high levels of cryptic diversity. Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society 186 (4): 1053–1066 - get paper here
  • Ziegler, T., Schmitz, A., Koch, A. & W. Böhme 2007. A review of the subgenus Euprepiosaurus of Varanus (Squamata: Varanidae): morphological and molecular phylogeny, distribution and zoogeography, with an identification key for the members of the V. indicus and the V. prasinus species groups. Zootaxa 1472: 1-28 - get paper here
  • Ziegler, T.; Böhme, W.; Eidenmüller, B. & Philipp, K. 2001. A note on the coexistence of three species of Pacific monitor lizards in Australia (Sauria, Varanidae, Varanus indicus group). Bonner Zoologische Beiträge 50 (1-2): 27-30 - get paper here
  • Ziegler, Thomas; Wolfgang Böhme, Andreas Schmitz 2007. A new species of the Varanus indicus group (Squamata, Varanidae) from Halmahera Island, Moluccas: morphological and molecular evidence. Mitteilungen aus dem Museum für Naturkunde in Berlin 83 (S1): 109-119 - get paper here
  • Ziegler,T.; Philipp,K.M. & Boehme,W. 1999. Zum Artstatus und zur Genitalmorphologie von Varanus finschi BOHME, HORN & ZIEGLER 1994, mit neuen Verbreitungsangaben fur V. finschi und V. doreanus (MEYER 1874) (Reptilia: Sauria: Varanidae). Zool. Abh. Mus. Tierk. Dresden 50 (2): 267-279
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