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Bogert's monitor

Extract from A Little Book of Monitor Lizards © D. Bennett 1995. Viper Press, UK

Varanus bogerti Mertens 1950

Bogert's monitor is usually considered a subspecies of Varanus prasinus but was raised to specific status by Sprackland (1991). It differs from V.prasinus in that it is entirely black and differs from V.beccari by having more ventral and midbody scale rows (87-90 and 95-99 vs. 70-79 and 81-86 in V.beccari). It has been recorded from Fergusson and Normanby Islands, south of Huon Gulf and St Aignan in the Louisade Archipelago. Live specimens are unknown and nothing its known of the lifestyle of this apparently highly arboreal monitor lizard.

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