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Varanus mabitang GAULKE & CURIO, 2001

IUCN Red List - Varanus mabitang - Endangered, EN

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Higher TaxaVaranidae, Platynota, Varanoidea, Anguimorpha, Sauria, Squamata (lizards)
Common NamesG: Mabitang, Panay-Waran 
SynonymVaranus mabitang GAULKE & CURIO 2001
Varanus (Philippinosaurus) mabitang — BÖHME 2002
Varanus (Philippinosaurus) mabitang — KOCH et al. 2013
Varanus (Philippinosaurus) mabitang — BUCKLITSCH et al. 2016: 50 
DistributionPhilippines (Panay)

Type locality: South Pandan Forest, ca. 250 m. elevation, Municipality of Pandan, Antique Province, NW Panay Island, Philippines.  
TypesHolotype: PNM 7272 
CommentAppears 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.

Habitat: arboreal 
EtymologyNamed 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. 
  • Böhme,W. 2003. Checklist of the living monitor lizards of the world (family Varanidae). Zoologische Verhandelingen 341: 6-43 - get paper here
  • Gaulke, M. 2005. Freilanduntersuchungen am Mabitang (Varanus mabitang), einer stark bedrohten Großwaranart von der Philippinen-Insel Panay. Elaphe 13 (1): 51-56
  • Gaulke, M. 2010. Overview on the Present Knowledge on Varanus mabitang Gaulke and Curio, 2001, Including New Morphological and Meristic Data. Biawak 4 (2): 50-58 - get paper here
  • Gaulke, M. 2011. The herpetofauna of Panay Island, Philippines. Edition Chimaira, 390 pp.
  • Gaulke, M. & A. D. Demegillo 2008. Der Mabitang (Varanus mabitang), ein Früchte fressender Großwaran von den Philippinen. Reptilia (Münster) 13 (71): 67-74 - get paper here
  • Gaulke, M. & Demegillo, A. 2001. Gut versteckt in den Bäumen: der Mabitang-Waran. ZGF-Berichte 2001 (4): 4-6
  • Gaulke, M. & E. Curio 2001. A new monitor lizard from Panay Island, Philippines (Reptilia, Sauria, Varanidae). Spixiana 24 (3): 275-286 - get paper here
  • Gaulke, M.; Altenbach, A.V.; Demegillo, A. & Struck, U. 2005. On the distribution and biology of Varanus mabitang. Silliman Journal 46 (1): 89-117
  • Gaulke, Maren; Curio, E.; Demmegillo, A.; Paulino, N. 2002. Varanus mabitang, a rare monitor lizard from Panay Island and a new conservation target. Silliman Journal 43: 24-41
  • 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
  • Pianka, E. R. and D. R. King, eds. 2004. Varanoid Lizards of the World. Indiana University Press, 599 pp - get paper here
  • Welton, Luke J.; Cameron D. Siler, Daniel Bennett, Arvin Diesmos, M. Roy Duya, Roldan Dugay, Edmund Leo B. Rico, Merlijn Van Weerd, and Rafe M. Brown 2010. A spectacular new Philippine monitor lizard reveals a hidden biogeographic boundary and a novel flagship species for conservation. Biology Letters doi:10.1098/rsbl.2010.0119 - get paper here
  • Ziegler, Thomas; Gaulke, Maren; and Böhme, Wolfgang 2005. Genital morphology and systematics of Varanus mabitang Gaulke & Curio, 2001 (Squamata:Varanidae). Current Herpetology 24 (1):13-18. - get paper here
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