First record of the Borneo Earless Monitor Lanthanotus borneensis (Steindachner, 1877) (Reptilia: Lanthanotidae) in West Kalimantan (Indonesian Borneo)

Yaap, B., Paoli, G.D., Angki, A., Wells, P.L., Wahyudi, D., and Auliya, M. (2012) First record of the Borneo Earless Monitor Lanthanotus borneensis (Steindachner, 1877) (Reptilia: Lanthanotidae) in West Kalimantan (Indonesian Borneo). Journal of Threatened Taxa, 4 (11). pp. 3067-3074.

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The following paper presents the first published record of the cryptic Borneo Earless Monitor (Lanthanotus borneensis Steindachner, 1877) from West Kalimantan (Indonesian Borneo). This sole member of the family Lanthanotidae is endemic to Borneo. Since its description in 1877, all locality records of specimens refer to Sarawak (Malaysian Borneo). The recent discovery of this "living fossil" in an oil palm estate under development in Landak District expands its known distribution southward to Kalimantan. This paper (i) describes the circumstances of the discovery, characteristics of the individual and microhabitat structure in which it was found, (ii) provides results from local community interviews about the local distribution of the species, suggesting it is found more broadly in the Landak District and possibly elsewhere, and (iii) places this information in a broader context of current knowledge and high conservation value of L. borneensis.

Item ID: 24711
Item Type: Article (Refereed Research - C1)
Keywords: biodiversity; biogeography; conservation; Indonesia; Kalimantan; Lanthanotus borneensis; oil palm
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[Indonesian Abstract] Abstrak: Makalah berikut menjelaskan publikasi pertama kali dari Borneo Earless Monitor (Lanthanotus borneensis Steindachner, 1877) yang tersamar dari Kalimantan Barat (Borneo Indonesia). Satu-satunya anggota dari famili Lanthanotidae ini bersifat endemis di Borneo. Sejak penggambarannya pada tahun 1877, semua catatan lokalitas dari spesimen tersebut merujuk ke Sarawak (Borneo Malaysia). Penemuan "fosil hidup" belakangan ini di sebuah kebun sawit yang sedang dibangun di Kabupaten Landak memperluas distribusinya yang diketahui ke arah selatan Kalimantan. Makalah (paper) ini (i) menjelaskan keadaan penemuan, karakteristik dari struktur individu dan habitat mikro tempat ditemukannya, (ii) memberikan hasil dari wawancara masyarakat lokal mengenai sebaran lokal dari spesies ini, yang menunjukkan bahwa spesies tersebut ditemukan secara luas di Kabupaten Landak dan mungkin di mana-mana, dan (iii) menempatkan informasi ini dalam konteks pengetahuan terkini yang lebih luas dan nilai konservasi tinggi dari L. borneensis.

ISSN: 0974-7893
Date Deposited: 25 Jan 2013 04:50
FoR Codes: 05 ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES > 0502 Environmental Science and Management > 050202 Conservation and Biodiversity @ 50%
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