Varanus acanthurus (Spiny-tailed Monitor Lizard). Communal nesting reproduction and commensalism

Jean Sean Doody, Simon Clulow, Colin R. McHenry, Mike Brown, Gary Vas, Gordon Canning

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The nesting biology of monitor lizards remains mostly unknown, despite their large size and conspicuousness (Doody et al. 2014. J. Herpetol. 48:363–370; Doody et al. 2015. Biol. J. Linn. Soc. 116:13–26). Only one nest of Varanus acanthurus has been described (Husband 1980. Herpetofauna 11:29–30). Here we describe communal and deep nesting in V. acanthurus from a Sand Monitor (V. gouldii) nesting warren in tropical Western Australia.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)203-203
Number of pages1
JournalHerpetolgiocal Review
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2017
Externally publishedYes


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