Das Zoologische Forschungsmuseum Alexander Koenig

ist ein Forschungsmuseum der Leibniz Gemeinschaft

The Kei Islands Monitor Lizard as a Distinct Morphological, Taxonomic, and Conservation Unit

AutorInnen: 
Böhme, W., Jacobs, H. J., Koppetsch, T., Schmitz, A.
Erscheinungsjahr: 
2019
Vollständiger Titel: 
The Kei Islands Monitor Lizard (Squamata: Varanidae: Varanus: Euprepiosaurus) as a Distinct Morphological, Taxonomic, and Conservation Unit
Autor/-innen des ZFMK: 
Publiziert in: 
Russian Journal of Herpetology
Publikationstyp: 
Zeitschriftenaufsatz
DOI Name: 
doi: 10.30906/1026-2296-2019-26-5-272-280
Keywords: 
Varanus, new species, Kei Islands, Maluku Province, Indonesia, conservation
Bibliographische Angaben: 
Böhme, W., Jacobs, H. J., Koppetsch, T., Schmitz, A. (2019): The Kei Islands Monitor Lizard (Squamata: Varanidae: Varanus: Euprepiosaurus) as a Distinct Morphological, Taxonomic, and Conservation Unit. - Russian Journal of Herpetology 26 (5): 272 - 280; doi: 10.30906/1026-2296-2019-26-5-272-280
Abstract: 

We describe a new species of the Varanus indicus group (subgenus Euprepiosaurus) from the Kei Islands, Indonesia, which differs from its close relative V. indicus by a light tongue, a conspicuous color pattern composed of distinct yellowish ocelli on a blackish ground color and by some scalation characters. From its more distantly related, but morphologically similar relative V. finschi it differs by its midbody scale count and by some peculiarities of its scale microstructure. The new taxon, endemic to the Kei Islands, is also discussed in the light of conservation problems for many Indonesian island endemics.

Ansprechpartner

Vizepräsident der Alexander-Koenig-Gesellschaft
ehem. Stellv. Direktor
ehem. Abteilungsleiter Wirbeltiere & Kurator Herpetologie
+49 228 9122-250
+49 228 9122-212
w.boehme [at] leibniz-zfmk.de