THE REPTILES OF AUSTRALIA - MONITORS

AUSTRALIAN REPTILE PHOTOS AND INFORMATION
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COLUBRID SNAKES - Colubridae Homalopsidae Mud Snakes

PYTHON SNAKES - Pythonidae

ELAPID SNAKES - Elapidae Cobras Coral Snakes

SEA SNAKES - Hydrophiinae Laticaudidae Sea Kraits

FILE SNAKES - Acrochordidae

BLIND SNAKES - Worm Snakes - Typhlopidae Ramphotyphlops

Selection of Australian Frogs

TURTLES Tortoises Chelonii Testudines

DRAGON LIZARDS Agamas Agamidae

GECKO LIZARDS Gekkonidae

LEGLESS LIZARDS Pygopodidae Pygopods

MONITOR LIZARDS Goannas Varanids Varanidae

Skinks of Australia

CROCODILES Crocodylia Crocodilia Saltwater freshwater estuarine

Reptiles of the World

A LISTING OF AUSTRALIAN MONITOR LIZARDS
Distribution Key
ORDER: SQUAMATA (LIZARDS AND SNAKES)
SUBORDER: SAURIA (LIZARDS)
Family: Varanidae (Monitors)

MONITOR LIZARDS Goannas Varanids Varanidae

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COMMON NAME
(INTERNAL LINK)

SCIENTIFIC NAME
(EXTERNAL LINK)

SUBGENUS

DISTRIBUTION

Northwestern Ridge-Tailed Monitor

Varanus acanthurus acanthurus

Odatria

WA, NT

Common Ridge-tailed Monitor

Varanus acanthurus brachyurus

Odatria

WA, NT, Qld

Island Ridge-Tailed Monitor

Varanus acanthurus insulanicus

Odatria

NT

Black Spotted Ridge-tailed Monitor or Lemon-throated Monitor

Varanus baritji

Odatria

NT

Short-Tailed Pygmy Monitor

Varanus brevicauda

Odatria

NT, Qld, SA, WA

Pilbara Pygmy Monitor

Varanus bushi

Odatria

WA

Line-Tailed Pygmy Monitor

Varanus caudolineatus

Odatria

WA

* Australasian Mangrove Monitor

Varanus chlorostigma (Split from Varanus indicus)

Euprepiosaurus

New Guinea,
Australia (NT, Qld)

Rusty Desert Monitor

Varanus eremius

Odatria

NT, Qld, SA, WA

* Finsch's Monitor

Varanus finschi
(
was V. doreanus finschi)
(Note
Varanus doreanus does not occur in Australia)

Euprepiosaurus

Qld

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 (arid interior)

Southern Pilbara Rock Monitor

Varanus hamersleyensis (was Varanus pilbarensis)

Odatria

WA (Hamersley Range)

* Australasian Mangrove Monitor

Varanus chlorostigma (Split from Varanus indicus)

Euprepiosaurus

New Guinea,
Australia (NT, Qld)

Canopy Goanna

Varanus keithhornei

Euprepiosaurus

Qld

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

Desert Spotted Monitor

Varanus panoptes rubidus

Varanus

WA

Northern Yellow-Spotted Monitor or Floodplain Goanna

Varanus panoptes panoptes

Varanus

NT, Qld, WA

*Northern Pilbara Rock Monitor

Varanus pilbarensis

Odatria

WA (Northern Pilbara)

Green Tree Monitor, Emerald monitor or Wyniss

Varanus prasinus

Odatria

Torres Strait Islands Qld. Australia (Also found in New Guinea)

Northern Blunt-Spined Monitor

Varanus primordius

Odatria

NT

Rosenberg's Heath Monitor

Varanus rosenbergi

Varanus

NSW, ACT, SA, Vic, WA

Spotted Tree Monitor

Varanus scalaris

Odatria

NT, Qld, WA

*Red Blotched Monitor

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

Odatria

AUSTRALIA ( South Western Qld )

*Ocellated Rainforest Monitor

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

Odatria

New Guinea, AUSTRALIA ( NT, Qld )

*Red Blotched Monitor

Varanus scalaris ( V. pellewensis)

Odatria

Qld

*Ocellated Rainforest Monitor

Varanus scalaris ("V. kuranda")

Odatria

Qld

Rusty Monitor

Varanus semiremex

Odatria

Qld

Spencer's Monitor

Varanus spenceri

Varanus

NT, Qld

* Dampier Peninsula Goanna

Varanus sparnus

Odatria

AUSTRALIA WA ( Kimberley area)

Eastern Storr's Monitor

Varanus storri storri

Odatria

NT, Qld

Western Storr's Monitor

Varanus storri 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

Lace Monitor & Bell's Monitor

Varanus varius

Varanus

NSW, ACT, Qld, SA, Vic


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

CI = Christmas Island

CKI = Cocos (Keeling) Island

NSW = New South Wales

NT = Northern Territory

Qld = Queensland

SA = South Australia

Tas = Tasmania

Vic = Victoria

WA = Western Australia

NI = Norfolk Island

LHI = Lord Howe Island

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



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