Varanus macraei

Blue tree monitor  

DISTRIBUTIONBatanta Island, Raja Ampat group, West Papua, Indonesia (for detailed distribution data, see Auliya & Koch 2020)

RED LIST STATUS: Endangered in 2017

CITES: Appendix II

NATIONAL PROTECTION: No National Protection

THREATS: Frequent collection for the pet trade and the widespread destruction of forested habitats on Batanta

RESEARCH NEEDS: Assess current distribution pattern and potential threats; conduct population density surveys; create awareness campaigns in local communites; investigate the efficacy of national protection measures; examine offtake levels for trade purposes (national/international) and national captive breeding efforts at governmental registered facilities; evaluate the implementation of a monitoring program and adaptive management plan

CURRENT PROJECTS: Not known at present

Adult wild Varanus macraei, Batanta Isl., Indonesia © Chris Applin