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1 September 2010 Folk Knowledge and Distribution of the Komodo Dragon (Varanus komodoensis) on Flores Island
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The world's largest lizard, the Komodo dragon, occurs not only on its namesake island but also on the far larger eastern Indonesian island of Flores. Since it first became known to western science in the early 20th century, local people have provided information on the species, its ecology, and distribution on Flores. While the lizard's occurrence in westernmost Flores has been known since its discovery by Europeans, this paper reviews recent ethnographic evidence for the continuing presence of Komodo dragons in more easterly parts of north coastal Flores where its occurrence has yet to be verified zoologically or has been documented only recently. Also discussed are the carnivorous lizard's relationship with humans and domestic animals in north central Flores, its place in local symbolism, and different names applied in various parts of the Flores region to the Komodo dragon and another, smaller and sometimes sympatric Varanid, the water monitor.

Gregory Forth "Folk Knowledge and Distribution of the Komodo Dragon (Varanus komodoensis) on Flores Island," Journal of Ethnobiology 30(2), (1 September 2010). https://doi.org/10.2993/0278-0771-30.2.289
Published: 1 September 2010
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