Posts Tagged ‘monitor lizard’

Better than King Kong versus Godzilla:


I can’t tell what species of monitor is fighting the honey badger. The clip switches through footage of several different species, but I can’t get a good look at the combatant monitor

Honey or ratels (as I prefer to call them) are found throughout Sub-Saharan Africa, the Middle East, and the Indian Subcontinent. Their range overlaps with many species of monitor lizard.

I am assuming that this was filmed somewhere in Africa.

But that could be a bad assumption.

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lirung monitor

Well, we have a new species of monitor lizard: Varanus lirungensis.

This species was just discovered near the village of Lirung on the island of Salibabu, which is part of the Talaud archipelago, which are between Sualwesi and Mindanao, which is part of the Philippines.

German researchers discovered this new monitor species, and after analyzing its DNA and morphology, published their findings in the Australian Journal of Zoology.

This finding is important because “it highlights the high, but poorly known diversity of monitor lizards in Indonesia. Several species of water monitor have been found on Sulawesi and surrounding islands in recent years.”

Just think of the new monitor species that have yet to be discovered in Indonesia!

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