Lirung monitor

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Lirung monitor
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Reptilia
Order: Squamata
Family: Varanidae
Genus: Varanus
Subgenus: Euprepiosaurus
Species: V. lirungensis
Binomial name
Varanus lirungensis
Koch, Arida, Schmitz, Böhme, & Ziegler, 2009

The Lirung monitor (Varanus lirungensis) is a species of monitor lizards on the Talaud Islands in Indonesia.[1] It was recently discovered by André Koch, a German scientist from the Zoological Research Museum Alexander Koenig in Bonn, during a joint German-Indonesian research project. Koch stated the discovery was important, "because it illustrates the high diversity of monitor lizards in Indonesia."[2]


The known Lirung monitor specimen has a total length of about 80 cm. Its belly is yellow-grey with some darker cross bands.[3]