Varanus palawanensis

Palawan water monitor


DISTRIBUTIONPhilippines (for detailed distribution data, see Auliya & Koch 2020)

RED LIST STATUS: Least Concern (LC) in 2021

CITES: Appendix II

NATIONAL PROTECTION: Under the Republic Act No. 9147 of the Wildlife Resources Conservation and Protection Act of 2001


RESEARCH NEEDS: Delineation of the geographical range of V. palawanensis considering the proximity of some Western Visayan Isl. using genomics methods to characterize admixture, to determine if historical gene flow has occurred, and to ascertain whether any gene flow is ongoing among these named taxa would be very informative and important for conservation planning, especially considering the volatile, and ever changing nature of the pet and bushmeat trade.

CURRENT PROJECTS: Currently not known.

Adult Varanus palawanensis from the Saint Paul Subterranean River National Park, Sabang, Palawan; © Carmelo López Abad

Adult Varanus palawanensis from Busuanga, Palawan; © Marcel J. Silvius

Adult wild Varanus palawanensis, Palawan; © Conrad Savy

Subadult wild Varanus palawanensis, Palawan; © Conrad Savy

Adult wild Varanus palawanensis, Palawan; © Yung-Kuan Lee