Overview

Distribution

Range Description

This species is endemic to the island of Waigeo in West Irian Jaya, Indonesia, where it is thought to be mainly found on the eastern part of the island near the coast (Jacobs 2003). Although there is no knowledge of a verified specimen or photograph, it may also inhabit West Waigeo (S. Sweet pers. comm.). However, a recent survey of the herpetofauna of Waigeo did not report this species (Hamidy and Mulyadi 2007). The total area of Waigeo Island is approximately 3,140 km².
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Continent: Asia
Distribution: Indonesia (West Irian)  
Type locality: Waigeo, West Irian, Indonesien.
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Ecology

Habitat

Habitat and Ecology

Habitat and Ecology
The island of Waigeo is dominated by moist lowland forest. Therefore this species is likely to be a forest specialist. Being an island isolate derived from V. prasinus, it is likely to have a similar ecology, which would imply a largely arboreal lifestyle.

Systems
  • Terrestrial
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Conservation

Conservation Status

IUCN Red List Assessment


Red List Category
DD
Data Deficient

Red List Criteria

Version
3.1

Year Assessed
2010

Assessor/s
Bennett, D. & Sweet, S.S.

Reviewer/s
Böhm, M., Collen, B. & Ram, M. (Sampled Red List Index Coordinating Team)

Contributor/s
De Silva, R., Milligan, H.T., Wearn, O.R., Wren, S., Zamin, T., Sears, J., Wilson, P., Lewis, S., Lintott, P. & Powney, G.

Justification
Varanus boehmei has been assessed as Data Deficient. Its range is restricted to a single island with an estimated extent of occurrence of approximately 3,140 km², but its precise occurrence on this island is still a matter of uncertainty, as is its population status and much of its ecology. The species is of interest to the pet trade, although little trade has been observed in recent years. Since this is unlikely to be due to a reduction in demand, it is vital that investigations into the distribution and population status of this species are carried out urgently in order to facilitate an accurate conservation assessment in the future.
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Population

Population
There is no population information available for this species.

Population Trend
Unknown
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Threats

Major Threats
This species is threatened by collection for the pet trade, with around 90% of the animals in the trade being taken from the wild (S. Sweet pers. comm.). However, there appears to have been little trade in the species in recent years, but this is unlikely to be caused by a reduction in demand.
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Management

Conservation Actions

Conservation Actions
This species is listed on CITES Appendix II. It is likely that parts of this species' distribution range coincide with protected areas. Given the species desirability in the pet trade, further research on the distribution and populations status of the species are urgently needed, as is research into potential harvest levels.
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Wikipedia

Golden-spotted tree monitor

The golden-spotted tree monitor (Varanus boehmei) is a species of monitor lizard endemic to Waigeo Island in Indonesia.

Etymology[edit]

The specific name, boehmei, is in honor of German herpetologist Wolfgang Böhme.[1]

Geographic range[edit]

V. boehmei is native to the forests of Waigeo, Indonesia.

Behavior[edit]

Golden-spotted tree monitors have prehensile tails, and they spend most of their lives in trees.[2]

Description[edit]

They grow to around 1 m (3.3 ft) in total length (including tail).[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Beolens B, Watkins M, Grayson M. 2011. The Eponym Dictionary of Reptiles. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press. xiii + 296 pp. ISBN 978-1-4214-0135-5. (Varanus boehmei, p. 30).
  2. ^ a b "Varanus boehmei at Monitor-lizards.net". 

Further reading[edit]



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