Mussau mangrove monitor
TAXONOMY: Member of the Varanus indicus species group
DISTRIBUTION: Bismarck Islands (for detailed distribution data, see Auliya & Koch 2020)
RED LIST STATUS: Not Evaluated (NE)
CITES: Appendix II
THREATS: Logging activities have most likely reduced the distribution of the species to a small coastal strip. If cane toads (Bufo marinus) were introduced (they are already present on the nearby Emirau Isl.), this may also detrimentally affect the viability of V. semotus.
Adult wild Varanus semotus, unpubl. loc. © Valter Weijola
Adult wild Varanus semotus, Mussau Isl. © Valter Weijola