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Upcoming Meeting The Vice-president's Report By Tony Gamble April General Meeting Friday, April 5th , 2002, 7:00 PM Program: Systematics and Biogeography of New Guinea Scincid Lizards: a Molecular Genetic Perspective. Guest Speaker: Christopher Austin This month I got off easy. I normally ask upcoming speakers for a title and short description of their talk so I can put together this monthly column. April's speaker, Chris Austin went the extra mile and actually wrote a whole summary for his talk! It's so nicely worded I don't want to change any of it.

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na of New Guinea accounts for about 5% of the world's reptile and amphibian diversity. It is estimated, however, that 30-60% of the reptile and amphibian faunas remain to be described. The vast diversity of biological life on New Guinea is in part a result of the island's diverse array of habitat zones. The extensive range of habitat types occurs along the extreme elevation gradient from sea level to 4,500m. These myriad zones, packed into an area onetenth the size of the United States includes relictual tropical glaciers: montane moss forests, dense lowland rainforests, sago palm swamps, and Eucalyptus savannas. Geographically, New Guinea is on the border of one of the most distinct biogeographic demarcations in the world with Wallace's line separating the dramatically different Oriental and Australian faunas. The diversity of scincid lizards on the island of New Guinea is impressive, but patterns of island colonization and population structure are poorly known. My talk will discuss how molecular genetic data illustrates different modes of colonization, timing of colonization, description of new species, and species relationships. I will also discuss the use of genetic data to address questions related to the decoupling of morphological and molecular evolution and the use of comparative phylogeography to understand human movements and environmental impact in the Pacific."

"Islands are important biological systems for understanding speciation, patterns of biotic diversity, and human impact on the environment. The island of New Guinea, just north of Australia, is the world's largest and highest tropical island but occupies less than 0.7% of the earth's land surface. Amazingly, 5-7% of the world's biodiversity is found on New Guinea, and it has been identified as a 'megadiverse hotspot'. This incredible wealth of faunal and floral diver- Chris is currently an Assistant sity is poorly understood and inade- Professor of Biology at the University quately described. The herpetofau- of North Dakota. Past positions

include postdoctoral research at the Institute of Statistical Mathematics, in Tokyo, Japan; a National Science Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship at the South Australian Museum, Adelaide, South Australia; a Meyer Postdoctoral Fellowship at the Australian Museum, Sydney, New South Wales; and a Ph.D. from the University of Texas at Austin. Chris has also appeared on the Animal Planet program "O'Shea's Big Adventure" highlighting his work with green-blooded skinks. Chris's talk will be quite user friendly and full of great slides of New Guinea and its herps. Don't miss it!

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ALL liBRARY BOOKS SHOULD BE RETURNED AT THE APRIL MEETING for the annual inventory. The following books are due at that time. Thank you! MHS Member Book Title Author Anderson, Tayna The Green Iguana Manual de Vosjoli, Philippe Anderson, Tayna What's Wrong with My Iguana? Rossi, John Anderson, Tayna The Snakes' Tale VIDEO MO. Dept. of Conservation Borg, Larry Your Iguana's Life Palika, Liz Brecke, Bruce Biology of the Pitvipers Campbell, Jonathan A. Clayton, Heather Crocodiles and Alligators Ross, Charles A. Frey, Tera Geiger Fun With Nature: Take-Along Guide Burns, Diane L. Haiden, Lisa Reptiles Magazine, Volume 8 Holmstrom, Jody Buzzing Rattlesnakes Berman, Ruth Holmstrom, Jody Outside and Inside Snakes Markle, Sandra Holmstrom, Jody Zoo Books: Rattlesnakes (H/C) Wexo, John Bonnet Jacques, Tina Herpetology Pough, F. Harvey Luehrs, Tracey Amphibians Today Coburn, John Luehrs, Tracey A Chorus of Frogs Hunt, Joni Phelps Luehrs, Tracey Living Snakes of the World Mehrtens, John M. Luehrs, Tracey Remarkable Reptiles Bernard, Robin Patnoe, Jodi Great African SpurThighed Tortoise Paull, Richard Cary Quiggle, Brett Vivarium Magazine, Volume 10 Quiggle, Brett MHS Trifecta VIDEO Tourville, Deb Green Iguana Hatfield, James W. Woutat, Philip The Green Iguana Manual de Vosjoli, Philippe Woutat, Philip Iguanas Bartlett, R. D.

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left: 1st place plus people's choice/Herp's in a Natural setting, Bill Moss' TOAD EATING WORM. Below: 1st place/Misc. styles. Anke Reinders. Right: 1st place/Herps with People Bill Moss

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2001 MHS Volunteer Wanna a snake bag? Well if Aherns, Jodi you name is on this list ya got it! All volunteers on this list volunteered 10 or more hours to the MHS. How do you get volunteer hours? Hours fall under the following categories: Being a Member of the Board, Herp Assistance, Newsletter Folding, Hands-on, Renfest, Field Surveys, Adoption, Holiday Banquet, Newsletter Contributions, Library Assisting, Workshop, White Snake Sale, Budget and Audit, Raffle Ticket Sales, Being a Chair Member, That's not all. There are other ways that are not listed still your efforts will be recognized.


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Notes on a Distinct New Variation of Timor Complex Monitor from Southwest Maluku, Indonesia By John Hogston

"This work is dedicated to Dennis King. In loving memory of his great dedication to the study of the natural history of monitor lizards. You will be missed, old friend ... " Introduction The monitor lizard pet trade, up until the early 90s, consisted mainly of the larger species of varanids. V. salvator, V. niloticus, V. exanthematicus and V. /nd/cus were the top imports to the United States (CITES, 1997). Monitor lizards as a whole were not popular "pets". The mid 90s, however, saw the pet trade turn its head slightly towards a group of "smaller", "cuter", varanids. The timor monitor (V. t/morens/s), green tree monitor (V, pras/nus), the black tree monitor (V,beccan) and the red desert monitor (V, acanthurus) started to find their way into pet stores with more frequency. It was at this time that monitor lizards really took off as a "pef'. The larger species even benefiled from the smaller varanids' sudden popularity. Not much attention was paid to where animals were collected from (especially animals that resembled V. tlmorens/s). This resulted in many varanids being exported as a single species for ease of CITES paperwork filing. Some serious herpeto-

culturists started to take notice of the timor monitors being imported into the United States in 1995 (Nabors pers. comm., Hogston pers. obs.). The first noticeably different Timor monitors were the animals collected on Roti island. These small monitors have been collected from Roti sporadically over the years, but until 1995 no one really paid attention. The Roti form was first recognized as being different in print in 1997 (Hogston, 1997). This form eventually went on to be recognized as a new species, V. auffenberg/ (Sprackland, 1999). In the late 90s, another spectacularly colored Timor monitor from Kisar Island showed up on one or two price lists briefly that caught this author's eye as being remarkably different than any other previous Timor complex monitor. They were sold and no other animals could be found. In 1998, this author received a call from a friend that imported exotic fish (Weiss pers. comm.). He had received a group of small monitors that he could not identify. He believed that some of the animals originated on Kisar Island. The author was intrigued about the description of the animals and the prospect that the small monitors were indeed from Kisar Island. The

tropical fish importer sent pictures to confirm his description. The author purchased the group of animals in 1998, after seeing the photographs (it turns out that three of the four animals were believed to be from Kisar (Macrae, Yuwono pers. Comm.), the fourth, unknown but also different). This paper is the result of the author's first hand knowledge of this varanid form and personal observations in captivity with speculation to its place in the Timor monitor complex. Description The Kisar Island spotted monitor is a small monitor (150mm SVL on the largest adult (female) ,in the colleetion). The following observations are based on a group of 4 animals (1.3) in the author's collection. Snout short and rounded, and compressed anterior to the nostrils. Nostrils round and slightly closer to the tip of the snout than the eye. Head scales smooth and mostly rounded. The nuchal scales are small and granular. Dorsal scales are oblong and slightly keeled and surrounded by tiny clusters of small smooth oval scales. The ventrolateral and ventral scales are mostly square and evenly spaced and become more rounded at the intersection of the dorsal and ventral Photo by Heather C Matson coloration (where the light belly color intersects with the darker dorsal coloration). The tail is round in cross-section with weakly keeled scales. The female lizards have a strong occellated pattern of yellow-orange rings with dark centers sur-

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rounded by larger dark occelli. This pattern extends from the base of the head to the base of the tail. The background color is an overall dark charcoal with intermittent white-gray spotting. The dorsal view of the tail is dark with lighter cocoa bands that run two thirds of the tail length. The final third is dark with broken horizontal cocoa stripes. The females have a hint of a peach-orange lateral stripe on the sides of the gular region. The ventral view of the tail of the females reveals a bright yellow orange with no bands or spots. The balance of the gular region of the female animals is a bright creamy white with faint peachy orange spots. The ventral color gradually changes (at the insertion of the forelimbs) to a light yellow-orange with intermittent orange-brick spots which do not stray into the middle of the belly. The limbs are strongly patterned with yellow-orange spots and occelli on a dark background. The male has a similar overall background color but the pattern on the dorsal view from the base of the skull to the base of the tail is less brightly colored (more grey-white instead of yellow-orange) and has more of a marbled pattern instead of well formed occelli. The male also has a much larger and more visible peach-orange patch on both sides of the gular region. The male Kisar spotted monitor has a lighter ventral tail color than do the females. Both females and the male have a dark temporal stripe bordered with yellow, that runs through the eye. There is one characteristic that the Kisar island spotted monitor has that no other timor complex monitor has and that is a brightly colored pattern on the top of their head. Distribution The Kisar island spotted monitor is

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known only from Kisar island. Kisar (formerly Kisser or Makisser) is located approximately 25 miles off of the Northeastern tip of Timor island. Kisar island belongs to the Indonesian province of Maluku (Moluccas) and is situated in the most Southwest part of it. The island looks like a natural fort. The outer perimeter is a coral rock cliff with the occasional pass that cuts through to the interior. Kisar has an area of approximately 97 square miles which is approximately a tenth the size of Roti island (home of V. auffenbergl). Monsoons dominate the climate of this region. The westerly monsoon brings heavy rainfall and thunderstorms from December to April. After a brief transition period, the weaker Easterly monsoon blows from May until August. The dry, hot , season starts in August and lasts until November. The Kisar landscape is hilly, almost denuded of trees and the soil infertile (Dalton ,1995). More than half of the Kisaresse are farmers, that is they maintain livestock and some limited crop cultivation. Habitat The Kisar island spotted monitor may utilize rocky outcroppings and, when available, hollow tree branches and loose bark to hide and hunt in much the same manner that V.caudolineafus (Thompson, 1993), V.t.similis (sca/aris)(Schmida, 1971) and V. t.timorensis (Schmutz & Horn, 1986) do. In captivity, the Kisar spotted monitor utilizes the nooks that are provided by slate stacks as well as

dead, hollow tree limbs (pers. Obs.). Diet There is no field study data available for the Kisar spotted monitor. It is generally accepted that monitor lizards are opportunistic feeders in the wild, feeding on prey small enough to overpower, and carrion. V. fimorensis on the nearby islands of Timor, Roti, Savu and Semau, are known to feed on grasshoppers, spiders, scorpions, roaches, geckos (Hemidactylus (renafus), larva, mantids, and bees (King,1993). The animals in the author's collection readiIy feed on crickets, grasshoppers, pink mice, supplemented ground turkey and the occasional earth-

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worm. Reproduction There is no field study data on the reproduction behavior of the Kisar spotted monitor available. The Kisar spotted monitor reproductive strategy is probably based on the monsoons, similar to the neighboring V. timorensis. V. fimorensis males collected in May (April) (the transition period of the monsoon to the dry season) had testis dimensions significantly larger than males collected in September - October (King, 1993). In captivity, egg depOSition occurred in February of 1999 (6 infertile eggs), January of 2001 (7 infertile eggs)

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and January 9th, 2002 (6 eggs that look infertile as of this writing). Daily activity In the author's collection, the Kisar spotted monitor has a short activity period. The lights come on at 8 a.m. in the "herp" room. The lights are usually on for a half hour before the first Kisar monitor pokes .it's head out. The "brain baking" lasts approximately 45 minutes. The animal will emerge to forage and explore for a couple of hours and then retreat for the day. The daily activity period can artificially be shortened if a person enters the room. The Kisar spotted monitor is a flighty animal. If confronted, they rarely show aggression (such as hissing and biting like the author's Roti animals display often). The animal will continue to try and run to the nearest hiding spot. The animal usually does not reappear for the remainder of the day. Conservation Kisar island is one of the smallest known ranges for any monitor form. A Factor that can affect the status of the Kisar spotted monitor is the possible loss of habitat due to hurnan encroachment. Overcollecting of this small monitor could lead to a rapid deterioration of viable breeding groups on the tiny island. The extremely limited range of the Kisar spotted monitor should warrant protection by the Indonesian government.

Closing thoughts The timor complex of monitor lizards is currently under review. DNA work is in progress to help determine placement of animals in the Timor monitor complex (Pepin, unpublished data). The author is confident that the Kisar spotted monitor will be studied in greater depth in the near future (in private collections and on Kisar island). It is hoped that if

indeed this spectacular little monitor Macrae, D. Personal comments. eventually warrants specific recogni- 1998,2000 and 2002. tion, that the person who names it Nabors, P. Personal comments. think more of a name that would help 1997. to identify its location, such as V. Pepin, D. Personal comments. kisarensis. Washington University in St. Louis. Acknowledgements 2000. The author would like to thank Daniel Schmutz, E and H.G. Horn. Der Bennett for his kind words of advice Lebensraum von Varanus (odatria) t. and for editing this work. The author Timorensis (Gray would also like to thank his friend, 1831). Salamandra 22 (2/3): 147Marc Weiss, who helped to pave the 156. 1986. way to discovery. Duncan Macrae Sprackland, R. 1999. New Species and Frank Yuwono for providing of Monitor (squamata: varanidae) additional locality data. Finally, to from Indonesia. John Adragna Jr. And Mark Bayless Reptile Hobbyist. February, 1999: for always being my everlasting 20-27. sounding boards. Weiss, M. Personal comments. References 1998. CITES.1997. Trade Data on Yuwono, F. Personal comments. Varanidae 1990-1995. World 1999,2001. Conservation Monitoring Centre. July, 1997. 77p. Dalton, B. 1995. Indonesia Handbook. Avalon Travel Publishing .. 6th Edition. 1995. P. 1231. Hogston, J. 1997. Notes on the Roti Island Tree Monitor, V. timorensis sp., in Captivity. Dragon News. 1:3. 3-4. 1997. King, D. 1993. Diet and Reproductive Condition of FreeRanging Varanus (imorensis. The Western Australian Naturalist. 19 :3. 1891 94. 1993.

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