Wednesday, 18 February 2009
Crocodylus mindorensis Schmidt, 1935
Crocodylidae; Crocodilia; Sauropsida; Chordata
An extremely endangered crocodilian, and quite a small one, the Philippine crocodile was previously thought to be a subspecies of the New Guinean crocodile (C. novaeguineae). It’s excellent that London Zoo should be keeping, and hopefully breeding, such a beautiful reptile, and it makes up for the lack of Chinese alligators that have been a staple in the Reptile House for as long as I can remember.
Philippine water monitor
Varanus cumingi Martin, 1839
Varanidae; Squamata; Sauropsida; Chordata
Again, this species has recently been freed from being a subspecies, this time of the widespread water monitor (V. salvator). This is a poorly known species; there isn’t even a Wikipedia entry on it.