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Varanus rusingensis Clos 1995 (monitor lizard)

Reptilia - Squamata - Varanidae

PaleoDB taxon number: 135842

Full reference: L. M. Clos. 1995. A new species of Varanus (Reptilia: Sauria) from the Miocene of Kenya. Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology 15(2):254-267

Belongs to Varanus according to L. M. Clos 1995

Sister taxa: Varanus (Varaneades), Varanus acanthurus, Varanus albigularis, Varanus baritji, Varanus beccarii, Varanus bengalensis, Varanus bogerti, Varanus brevicauda, Varanus caudolineatus, Varanus doreanus, Varanus dumerili, Varanus eremius, Varanus exanthematicus, Varanus gilleni, Varanus griseus, Varanus hoffmanni, Varanus komodoensis, Varanus mokrensis, Varanus niloticus, Varanus olivaceus, Varanus prasinus, Varanus prisca, Varanus salvadorii, Varanus salvator, Varanus tristis, Varanus varius, Iberovaranus catalaunicus

Type specimen: KNM 24319/24320, a partial skeleton (partial, disarticulated and partially articulated skeleton including mandible, scapula, vertebrae, ribs, and front and hind limb elements). Its type locality is R114 Proconsul site, which is in a Burdigalian floodplain siltstone in the Hiwegi Formation of Kenya.

Ecology: scansorial carnivore