Observation on an enigmatic dwarf monitor lizard (Varanus cf. timorensis) from Savu Island, Indonesia

Hanifa, Berry Fakhry ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-1847-6261, Trávníček, Ondrej, Šupljika, Josipa, Mahfud, Mahfud and Septiadi, Luhur (2023) Observation on an enigmatic dwarf monitor lizard (Varanus cf. timorensis) from Savu Island, Indonesia. Herpetology Notes, 16. pp. 225-227. ISSN 2071-5773

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Savu is one of the smaller main islands in the Outer Banda Arc of the Lesser Sunda Archipelago. It is located between Sumba and Rote, and lies to the south of Flores across the Savu Sea (Fig. 1). The level of endemism in this region is relatively high compared to the main islands (e.g., Reilly et al., 2020). For example, the Savu Python (Liasis mackloti savuensis Brongersma, 1956) is endemic to Savu. Some herpetofaunal surveys have been conducted in this region of the Lesser Sundas, including Savu (Boulenger, 1897; Reilly et al., 2020), and a series of amphibian and reptile species has been reported from the island, including Litoria everetti, Cyrtodactylus cf. laevigatus, Hemidactylus platyurus, H. frenatus, Lamprolepis smaragdina, Dendrelaphis inornatus, Indotyphlops braminus, and Varanus timorensis. However, Savu’s herpetofauna is poorly studied and additional surveys are required to uncover the island’s hidden diversity and enigmatic species.

Item Type: Journal Article
Keywords: dwarf monitor lizard; Savu Island; reptiles; Varanus
Subjects: 06 BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES > 0602 Ecology > 060207 Population Ecology
06 BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES > 0602 Ecology > 060208 Terrestrial Ecology
Divisions: Faculty of Mathematics and Sciences > Department of Biology
Depositing User: Berry Fakhry Hanifa
Date Deposited: 25 May 2023 09:39


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