Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Enter the dragon

OK, it's not a big dragon, certainly not in comparison to its near relative the Komodo. But Varanus lirungensis, the new species from the Talaud Islands of Indonesia, was a surprise to herpetologists. Its discoverer, AndrĂ© Koch (who was on the islands to study another species), said the find “illustrates the high diversity of monitor lizards in Indonesia."

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