‘Biogeographical oddity’: New monitor lizard is only large predator remote Pacific Island

Mongabay: On Mussau, a remote island of the country of Papua New Guinea, biologists have discovered a new species of monitor lizard with a turquoise or blue-pigmented tail. The lizard also has a pale yellow tongue, a trait that it shares with only three other known species of Pacific monitors. So far, the blue-tailed lizard — more than a meter in length — is the only known large-sized predator and scavenger on the island, according to a study published in ZooKeys. This suggests that the lizard most likely......

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