Large Lizard of Australasia.
Etymology: Papuan (Austronesian) word.
Physical description: Length, 20 feet. Width, 6 feet. Brown and green, crocodile-like skin. Cowlike head. Large eyes. Long, sharp teeth. Long neck. Two small forelegs. Large, triangular scoops on the back. Thick hind legs. Long, slender tail.
Behavior: Amphibious. Bipedal. Said to act aggressively with fishing boats.
Distribution: Lake Murray, Papua New Guinea.
Significant sighting: A dinosaur-like reptile was spotted by two groups of people near Boboa, Lake Murray, Papua New Guinea, December 11-12, 1999.
Present status: Reports of smaller, arboreal lizards in the same area may refer to the Crocodile monitor (Varanus salvadorii). See ARTRELLIA.
P-'ossible explanation: Exaggerations or hoaxes based on pictures of dinosaurs.
Sources: Bernard Heuvelmans, "An Annotated Checklist of Apparently Unknown Animals with Which Cryptozoology Is Concerned," Cryptozoology 5 (1986): 1-26; "Dinosaur-Like Reptile Sighted at Lake Murray," Boroko Independent (Papua New Guinea), December 30, 1999.
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