Varanus juxtindicus 

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia Chordata Reptilia Squamata Varanidae

Scientific Name: Varanus juxtindicus Böhme, Philipp & Ziegler, 2002
Common Name(s):
English Rennell Island Monitor
Taxonomic Notes: Although the Rennell Island monitor has been raised to full species level (Böhme et al. 2002), McCoy (2006) regards Varanus juxtindicus as a synonym of V. indicus.

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Least Concern ver 3.1
Year Published: 2013
Date Assessed: 2011-08-25
Assessor(s): Harlow, P. & McCoy, M.
Reviewer(s): Allison, A., Hamilton, A., Tallowin, O. & Pippard, H.
Contributor(s): McCoy, M.
This species is listed as Least Concern as although it has a relatively restricted range, there are no known major threats currently impacting the species, and its population is not thought to be declining.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description:This species has been recorded from Rennell Island in the Solomon Islands (Böhme et al. 2002).
Countries occurrence:
Solomon Islands (South Solomons)
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Population [top]

Population:This species is common on Rennell (M. McCoy pers. comm. October 2011).
Current Population Trend:Stable
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Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology:This lizard mostly inhabits cleared areas, including food gardens and small plantations. It is frequently seen around the shore of Lake Te-Nggano, diving into the water if disturbed (M. McCoy pers. comm. October 2011).
Systems:Terrestrial; Freshwater

Use and Trade [top]

Use and Trade: This species has been recorded in the international pet trade.

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): There is likely no significant threat affecting this species or its habitat. Given the status of East Rennell as a World Heritage site, this likely affords the island, and this species, some protection.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: This species is listed on Appendix II of CITES. East Rennell (in the southern area of Rennell Island) is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site and contains Lake Te-Nggano, where this species is commonly seen. Taxonomic clarification is required to determine whether this species is a full species or synonym of Varanus indicus (McCoy, 2006).

Citation: Harlow, P. & McCoy, M. 2013. Varanus juxtindicus. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2013: e.T196661A2471949. . Downloaded on 26 September 2018.
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