Varanus mabitang GAULKE & CURIO, 2001
Can you confirm these amateur observations of Varanus mabitang?
|Higher Taxa||Varanidae, Platynota, Varanoidea, Anguimorpha, Sauria, Squamata (lizards)|
|Common Names||G: Mabitang, Panay-Waran|
|Synonym||Varanus mabitang GAULKE & CURIO 2001|
Varanus (Philippinosaurus) mabitang — BÖHME 2002
Varanus (Philippinosaurus) mabitang — KOCH et al. 2013
Varanus (Philippinosaurus) mabitang — BUCKLITSCH et al. 2016: 50
Type locality: South Pandan Forest, ca. 250 m. elevation, Municipality of Pandan, Antique Province, NW Panay Island, Philippines.
|Types||Holotype: PNM 7272|
|Comment||Appears to be one of only two monitors which are primarily vegetarian (in addition to V. olivaceus which also feeds on fruit, among other food), although it also eats some animals.|
|Etymology||Named after the name mabitang, which has been used for this species since generations within its range by the local people. The meaning is somewhat like big monitor lizard (in Kinarayan dialect). The name is used as invariable noun in apposition to the generic name.|