The Herpetological Journal is the Society's prestigious quarterly scientific journal. Articles are listed in Biological Abstracts, Current Awareness in Biological Sciences,Current Contents, Science Citation Index, and Zoological Record.
The 2017/18 impact factor of the Herpetological Journal is 1.268
Authors: Wolfgang Bohme And Thomas Ziegler
Abstract: The status of the two nominal subspecies of Varanus niloticus (Linnaeus, 1766), viz. V. n. niloticus and V. n. ornatus (Daudin, 1803) is re-evaluated based on morphological (colour pattern, scalation, dimensions, outer genitals), ecological, and distributional data. Evidence is presented that both forms have markedly surpassed the subspecific level and have to be treated as two distinct, though closely related, species.