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Type: Journal article
Title: A new blue-tailed Monitor lizard (Reptilia, Squamata, Varanus) of the Varanus indicus group from Mussau Island, Papua New Guinea
Author: Weijola, V.
Donnellan, S.
Lindqvist, C.
Citation: ZooKeys, 2016; 2016(568):129-154
Publisher: Pensoft Publishers
Issue Date: 2016
ISSN: 1313-2989
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Valter Weijola, Stephen C. Donnellan, Christer Lindqvist
Abstract: We describe a new species of Varanus from Mussau Island, north-east of New Guinea. The new species is a member of the Varanus indicus species group and is distinguished from all other members by both morphological and molecular genetic characters. It is the third species of Varanus reported from the Bismarck Archipelago and the first record of a yellow tongued member of the Varanus indicus species group from a remote oceanic island. The herpetofauna of Mussau Island has not been well studied but the discovery of this new species is in accordance with recent findings indicating that the island may harbor several unknown endemic vertebrates. The distribution of the closely related Varanus finschi is also discussed in the light of recent fieldwork and a review of old records.
Keywords: Bismarck Archipelago
St. Matthias islands
Varanus doreanus
Varanus finschi
Varanus yuwonoi
mitochondrial phylogeny
Rights: Copyright Valter Weijola et al. This is an open access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (CC BY 4.0), which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.
DOI: 10.3897/zookeys.568.6872
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