Palawan water monitor

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Palawan water monitor
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Reptilia
Order: Squamata
Family: Varanidae
Genus: Varanus
Subgenus: V. (Soterosaurus)
Species: V. palawanensis
Binomial name
Varanus palawanensis
Koch, Gaulke & Böhme, 2010

The Palawan water monitor, Varanus palawanensis, is a monitor lizard endemic to the Philippines.[1] It has enough differences to be considered a distinct species[2] from the closely related water monitor, marbled water monitor, and Varanus rasmusseni. V. palawanensis belongs to the subgenus Soterosaurus with these other species.

Distribution[edit]

This species is found on islands of Palawan, Busuanga, Calauit, Balabac, and Sibutu.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Science Daily.com
  2. ^ Wildlife extra.com
  3. ^ Science Daily.com