Sulu Islands water monitor
DISTRIBUTION: Philippines (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
THREATS: At present information is not available on any threats impacting the species.
RESEARCH NEEDS: Despite it’s Red List Status, „LC“ the species‘ population trend remains unknown; this uncertainty together with the lack of knowledge on threats potentially impacting populations on the different island groups are urgently earmarked for field studies in the near future.
CURRENT PROJECTS: Currently not known.
Adult Varanus rasmusseni from Tawi-Tawi Isl. © Gerson Kim Penetrante