This one of the several names for the class of lizard-like monsters sometimes described as similar to dragons from the folklore of the Maori people of New Zealand. Legend says that if one of these monsters is caught and killed and the gut is opened the undigested remains of victim’s fallout out.

John and Caitlin Matthews, The Element Encyclopaedia of Magical Creatures, 2013, Ihu-Maataotao, p 252

Ihu-Maataotao komodo

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