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Dampier Peninsula Monitor (Goanna)
Varanus sparnus

Short-Tailed Pigmy Monitor Varanus brevicauda - map

The Dampier Peninsula Monitor (Varanus sparnus) described in 2014 is now claimed to be the smallest species of monitor.
This species is found on the Dampier Peninsula (Kimberley region of Western Australia)
Adults grow to about 23 cm (9 inches) total length (snout to vent length about 11.6 cm or 5.7 inches) and weigh about 16 grams

Note that Previously the Short-Tailed Pigmy Monitor Varanus brevicauda was considered to be the smallest monitor species.

Photos may be found at some of the following sites:-

 

New Species of Varanus Discovered in Australia
Sci-News.com

A new diminutive species of
Varanus from the Dampier Peninsula,
western Kimberley region, Western Australia

WA Museum

World's smallest species of goanna found in WA's Kimberley
Katrin Long

Dampier Peninsula monitor
Wikipedia

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January 7, 2015