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Varanus jobiensis AHL, 1932

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Higher TaxaVaranidae, Platynota, Varanoidea, Anguimorpha, Sauria, Squamata (lizards)
Common NamesE: Peach-throated Monitor
G: Sepikwaran 
SynonymVaranus indicus jobiensis AHL 1932: 892
Varanus karlschmidti MERTENS 1951: 467
Varanus karlschmidti — HORN 1977
Varanus jobiensis — BÖHME 1991: 46
Varanus jobiensis — DE LISLE 1996: 129
Varanus jobiensis — AST 2001
Varanus jobiensis — PIANKA & VITT 2003: 245
Varanus (Euprepiosaurus) jobiensis — ZIEGLER et al. 2007
Varanus (Euprepiosaurus) jobiensis — KOCH et al. 2013
Varanus (Euprepiosaurus) jobiensis — BUCKLITSCH et al. 2016: 50 
DistributionN New Guinea, Papua New Guinea (northern Province: S slope Mt. Victory, 9.2424°S, 149.1350°E, 320 m asl.; Port Moresby), Indonesia (Irian Jaya)

Type locality: Jobi Island (= Japen = Yapen), Irian Jaya, Indonesia.

karlschmidti: Papua New Guinea; Type locality: “Marienberg, Sepik River, Territory of New Guiena”.  
TypesHolotype: ZMB 34106
Holotype: FMNH 14107, adult male [karlschmidti] 
CommentThis species has been considered as a synonym of V. indicus indicus (e.g. in GOOD et al. 1993). 
EtymologyNamed after the type locality. 
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  • Horn,H. G. 1977. Notizen zur Systematik, Fundortangaben und Haltung von Varanus (Varanus) karlschmidti. Salamandra 13 (2): 78-88 - get paper here
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