Friday, September 24, 2021
Contact us    |    Advertise    |   Help    |   Cookie Policy    |   Privacy Policy    RSS icon Twitter icon Facebook icon
    Home  ·  News  ·  Forum  ·  Stories  ·  Image Gallery  ·  Columns  ·  Encyclopedia  ·  Videos
Find: in

New monitor lizard found on remote island


Posted on Saturday, 27 February, 2016 | Comment icon 8 comments

The lizard differs from other known species of monitor lizard. Image Credit: CC BY 2.0 yeowatzup
A previously undiscovered species of monitor lizard has been found on the Pacific island of Mussau.
Measuring up to 3ft long and with distinctive yellow and orange markings, this unique species of reptile is thought to have been cut off from others of its kind for up to two million years.

Being at the top of the food chain and with the island being uninhabited by humans, the lizard has managed to thrive in its isolation and is now unlike any other monitor lizard species on the planet.
Finland graduate student Valter Weijola, who headed up the team who discovered the animal, has described the species as a "biogeographical oddity".

"Isolation is the keyword here," he said. "It is what has driven speciation and made the South-Pacific region one of the World’s biodiversity hotspots."

"For anything to arrive on Mussau (from New Guinea or New Britain) it would need to cross 250-350 kilometers of open sea, and this doesn’t happen frequently. So, once the ancestor arrived, perhaps in the form of a gravid female, the population must have been completely isolated."

Source: Discovery News | Comments (8)


Tags: Monitor Lizard, Mussau


Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #1 Posted by freetoroam on 27 February, 2016, 21:17
As long as some property developers do not decide to build hotels for "the lizard tour" all over the island, then these lizards will have a chance of survival for a another 2 million years.
Comment icon #2 Posted by WolvenHeart7 on 27 February, 2016, 22:07
Now that we've found them As long as some property developers do not decide to build hotels for "the lizard tour" all over the island, then these lizards will have a chance of survival for a another 2 million years. We can only hope..We tend to be a scourge to every other thing on this planet.
Comment icon #3 Posted by Hawkin on 28 February, 2016, 5:18
This goes to show that even in our modern world their are species of animals that remain undiscovered. These unconfirmed sightings of animal species might mean something.
Comment icon #4 Posted by qxcontinuum on 29 February, 2016, 4:29
As long as some property developers do not decide to build hotels for "the lizard tour" all over the island, then these lizards will have a chance of survival for a another 2 million years. not a dimmed chance. Capitalism is to capitalize the world.
Comment icon #5 Posted by AustinHinton on 2 March, 2016, 5:57
As long as some property developers do not decide to build hotels for "the lizard tour" all over the island, then these lizards will have a chance of survival for a another 2 million years. What? And miss out on the chance to capitalize on a tour to see a new species? C'mon, our species loves it some tourist traps. Monitor lizards, fun for the whole family!
Comment icon #6 Posted by freetoroam on 2 March, 2016, 13:44
What? And miss out on the chance to capitalize on a tour to see a new species? C'mon, our species loves it some tourist traps. Monitor lizards, fun for the whole family! Hmmm AustinHinton, something tells me you have already booked a spot for your lizard memorabilia stall = lizard handbags, lizard sun glasses, lizard postcards, "I walked with a monitor lizard" t.shirt and I love monitor lizard keyrings. And not forgetting = I met the queen of England's cousins. all made in China.
Comment icon #7 Posted by AustinHinton on 2 March, 2016, 13:53
Hmmm AustinHinton, something tells me you have already booked a spot for your lizard memorabilia stall = lizard handbags, lizard sun glasses, lizard postcards, "I walked with a monitor lizard" t.shirt and I love monitor lizard keyrings. And not forgetting = I met the queen of England's cousins. all made in China. Nope! I am just making predictions based on our species past behavior.
Comment icon #8 Posted by Daniel S on 30 September, 2017, 16:58
Will there be updates about this? I hope humans stay away from that place. How beautiful it would be if those can live in peace. Lizards are scared towards humans, it's just dumb to make that into an attraction or where scientists study them.


Please Login or Register to post a comment.


  On the forums
Real-life 'Conjuring' house is up for sale again
9-24-2021
The current owners, who purchased the infamous property back in 2019, are already looking to sell up.
'Loch Ness Monster' captured on drone footage
9-24-2021
A canoeist who had been visiting Scotland's famous loch recently filmed something unusual near the shoreline.
CIA team reports Havana Syndrome symptoms
9-23-2021
One of CIA Director Bill Burns's team members was inexplicably targeted during a recent trip to India.
Tyrannosaurus rex wagged its tail when running
9-23-2021
Even the fiercest dinosaurs may have wagged their tails back and forth when running and walking.
Stories & Experiences
Mystery 'troll' captured on camera
4-24-2021 | Marsta, Sweden
 
My Grandfather's NDE
4-24-2021 | Oakland, California
 
The voice of something not human
11-17-2020 | Baldwin Hills, Los Angeles
 
Shadow figure demon ?
11-14-2020 | USA
 
Ghost following me
9-18-2020 | Iowa
 
Mysterious glowing cube
8-23-2020 | Alabama
 
Black blob in my room/bed
7-23-2020 | Powell,TN U.S.
 
Transparent levitating ball
7-14-2020 | Santa Rosa, California
 
 
 

         More stories | Send us your story
Featured Videos
Gallery icon 
NASA studies underwater 'white smoker' vents
Posted 4-17-2020 | 3 comments
Hydrothermal vents on the ocean floor can teach us about possible habitats on other worlds.
 
10 strange things about our solar system
Posted 3-17-2020 | 0 comments
A look at some of the most mysterious things about our solar system.
 
Lizzie - Scotland's other loch monster
Posted 3-8-2020 | 0 comments
Amelia Dimoldenberg investigates the Loch Ness Monster's neighbor.
 
 View: More videos
 
Top   |  Home   |   Forum   |   News   |   Image Gallery   |  Columns   |   Encyclopedia   |   Videos   |   Polls
UM-X 10.712 Unexplained-Mysteries.com (c) 2001-2021
Terms   |   Privacy Policy   |   Cookies   |   Advertise   |   Contact   |   Help/FAQ