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A Listing of Australian Monitors
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, SA, 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
*Blue -Tailed or Kalabeck's Monitor Varanus doreanus Euprepiosaurus Qld
Rusty Desert Monitor Varanus eremius Odatria NT,Qld,SA,WA
*Finsch's Monitor Varanus finschi (was V. doreanus finschi) 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
Long-Tailed Rock (Black-palmed) Monitor Varanus glebopalma Odatria NT,Qld,WA
Sand Monitor Varanus gouldii gouldii Varanus WA SA NT
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)
Mangrove Monitor Varanus indicus Euprepiosaurus NT,Qld
Canopy Goanna Varanus keithhornei Euprepiosaurus Qld
Pygmy 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,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 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,Qld,SA,Vic



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

 

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