Varanus Bogerti


VARANUS BOGERTI
Mertens 1950
Bogert's monitor


Bogert's monitor is usually considered a subspecies of Varanus prasinus but was raised to specific status by Spruckland (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.