THE REPTILES OF AUSTRALIA - MONITORS

AUSTRALIAN REPTILE PHOTOS AND INFORMATION
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HOME REPTILES OF NORTHERN TERRITORY COLUBRID SNAKES - Colubridae Homalopsidae Mud Snakes of NT Northern Territory PYTHON SNAKES - Pythonidae NT ELAPID SNAKES - Elapidae Cobras Coral Snakes NT SEA SNAKES - Hydrophiinae Laticaudidae Sea Kraits NORTHERN TERRITORY FILE SNAKES - Acrochordidae BLIND SNAKES OF NORTHERN TERRITORY
Northern Territory TURTLES Tortoises Chelonii Testudines NORTHERN TERRITORY DRAGON LIZARDS Agamas Agamidae NORTHERN TERRITORY GECKO LIZARDS Gekkonidae NORTHERN TERRITORY - LEGLESS LIZARDS - SPECIES LISTING NORTHERN TERRITORY MONITOR LIZARDS Goannas Varanids Varanidae SKINKS OF NORTHERN TERRITORY- SPECIES LIST LISTING OF NORTHERN TERRITORY CROCODILES Reptiles of the World

A LISTING OF NORTHERN TERRITORY
- MONITOR LIZARDS

Distribution Key

ORDER: SQUAMATA (LIZARDS AND SNAKES)
SUBORDER: SAURIA (LIZARDS)
Family: Varanidae (Monitors)

Mertens' Water Monitor (Varanus mertensi) photographed at Australia Zoo

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< Gulf Ridge-tailed Monitor (Proposed new species) Varanus citrinus Odatria NT - Found only in the basins of the McArthur River and Calvert Rivers (Gulf of Carpentaria)

COMMON NAME
(INTERNAL LINK)

SCIENTIFIC NAME
(EXTERNAL LINK)

SUBGENUS

DISTRIBUTION

Northwestern Ridge-Tailed Monitor

 

Varanus acanthurus acanthurus (Subspecies status may be removed and may become Varanus acanthurus)

Odatria

WA, NT

Common Ridge-tailed Monitor

Varanus acanthurus brachyurus subspecies status may be lost and may be renamed as Varanus acanthurus

Odatria

WA, NT, Qld

Island Ridge-Tailed Monitor

Varanus acanthurus insulanicus (Subspecies status may be removed and may become a full species (Varanus insulanicus)

Odatria

NT

Black Spotted Ridge-tailed Monitor or Lemon-throated Monitor

Varanus baritji (this may be redefined as (Varanus insulanicus)

Odatria

NT

Short-Tailed Pygmy Monitor

Varanus brevicauda

Odatria

NT, Qld, SA, WA

Gulf Ridge-tailed Monitor
(Proposed new species)

Varanus citrinus

Odatria

NT - Found only in the basins of the McArthur River and Calvert Rivers (Gulf of Carpentaria)

Rusty Desert Monitor

Varanus eremius

Odatria

NT, Qld, SA, WA

Perentie

Varanus giganteus

Varanus

NT, Qld, SA, WA

Pygmy Mulga Monitor

Varanus gilleni

Odatria

NT, Qld, SA, WA

Kimberley Rock Monitor

Varanus glauerti

Odatria

NT, WA

Black-palmed (or Long-Tailed) Rock Monitor

Varanus glebopalma

Odatria

NT, Qld, WA

Sand Monitor

Varanus gouldii gouldii

Varanus

WA, SA, NT, Qld, NSW, Vic

Centralian Sand Monitor

Varanus gouldii flavirufus

Varanus

WA. SA, NT,Qld (arid interior)

*Mangrove Monitor
(also known as the Ambon Monitor)

Varanus indicus (includes Monitors previously called Varanus chlorostigma)

Euprepiosaurus

Australia (NT, QLD) Sulawesi, Moluccas, Aru Islands, Talaud, Irian Jaya, Timor (Indonesia), Solomon Islands, Papua New Guinea, Bismarck Archipelago, Caroline Islands, Mariana Islands, Marshall Islands

Island Ridge-Tailed Monitor
(Proposed new species)

Varanus insulanicus(includes Monitors previously called Varanus acanthurus insulanicus and Varanus baritji

Odatria

NT (Top end)

Pygmy Rock Monitor
or Long-tailed Rock Monitor

Varanus kingorum

Odatria

NT, WA

Mertens' Water Monitor

Varanus mertensi

Varanus

NT, Qld, WA

Mitchell's Water Monitor

Varanus mitchelli

Odatria

NT, WA

Western Storr's Monitor
(proposed new species)

Varanus ocreatus (previously known as Varanus storri ocreatus)

 

Odatria

NT, WA

Northern Yellow-Spotted Monitor or Floodplain Goanna

Varanus panoptes panoptes

Varanus

NT, Qld, WA

Northern Blunt-Spined Monitor

Varanus primordius

Odatria

NT

Spotted Tree Monitor

Varanus scalaris

Odatria

NT, Qld, WA

*Ocellated Rainforest Monitor

Varanus similis? ("V. kuranda") ? (was Varanus scalaris similis)
(status uncertain)

Odatria

New Guinea, AUSTRALIA ( NT, Qld )

Spencer's Monitor

Varanus spenceri

Varanus

NT, Qld

Eastern Storr's Monitor

Varanus storri storri
(may be escalated to a full species Varanus storri)

Odatria

NT, Qld

Western Storr's Monitor

Varanus storri ocreatus (may be escalated to a full species Varanus ocreatus)

Odatria

WA, NT

Black-headed Monitor

Varanus tristis tristis

Varanus

NSW, NT, Qld, WA, SA

Freckled Monitor

Varanus tristis orientalis

Varanus

NSW, NT, Qld, WA


DISTRIBUTION KEY
Click on the abbreviation below to see a map of the area

CKI = Cocos (Keeling) Island

NSW = New South Wales

Qld = Queensland

Tas = Tasmania

Vic = Victoria

ACT = Australian Capital Territory
(Canberra region only - excludes Jervis Bay Territory)

LINKS OF INTEREST

Key to the Goannas of South Australia
South Australian Museum

Australian Monitor Lizards
by John Fowler

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Varanoid Lizards of the World A Complete Guide to Reptiles of Australia 5th edition Edition

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MONITOR LIZARDS Goannas Varanids Varanidae NSW

Queensland MONITOR LIZARDS Goannas Varanids Varanidae

NORTHERN TERRITORY MONITOR LIZARDS Goannas Varanids Varanidae

WESTERN AUSTRALIA MONITOR LIZARDS Goannas Varanids Varanidae

Monitors of Victoria - Goannas Varanids Varanidae

ACT MONITOR LIZARDS Goannas Varanids Varanidae

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