THE REPTILES OF AUSTRALIA

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BLUE TAILED (Kalabeck's) MONITOR
Varanus doreanus

and

FINSCH'S MONITOR
Varanus finschi
(was Varanus doreanus finschi)

(Very similar to Varanus doreanus -status in Australia uncertain)

Blue Tailed Monitor  
BLUE TAILED (Kalabeck's) MONITOR Varanus doreanus ©2018 John Fowler and Rachel Barnes

Blue Tailed Monitor  
BLUE TAILED (Kalabeck's) MONITOR Varanus doreanus ©2017 John Fowler and Rachel Barnes

 

Blue Tailed Monitor  
BLUE TAILED (Kalabeck's) MONITOR Varanus doreanus ©2017 John Fowler and Rachel Barnes

The above photographs of Varanus doreanus were taken at the Rimba Reptile Park Bali

At least 1 confirmed specimen of Varanus doreanus has been photographed on Cape York Australia.
The Blue-tailed monitor is found on the tip of the Cape York Peninsula (Australia) , also New Guinea, New Britain and in the Bismarck Archipelago.

The existence of Varanus finschi from Cape York Queensland Australia was based on a single specimen without exact locality data when this page was first created.
Varanus finschi is also found in New Britain, New Ireland, the Bismarck Archipelagoes well as Eastern areas of Papua New Guinea

Both species is easily confused with the Mangrove Monitor, V. indicus, however Varanus doreanus is normally found inland away from mangroves.

Blue-tailed monitor
Atlas of Living Australia

Blue-tailed Monitor (Varanus doreanus)
Varanus indicus species-complex

Blue-tailed monitor
Wikipedia

Finsch's Monitor (Varanus finschi)
Varanus indicus species-complex

Finsch's Monitor
Wikipedia

Varanus finschi BOHME, HORN & ZIEGLER, 1994
The Reptile Database

Mangrove Monitor
(This site)

LINKS OF INTEREST

Click here for a complete list of Australian Monitors (Goannas)


Click here for more information about Australian Monitors

Monitors of the World
Australian Herpetology Website

Reptiles and Amphibians of Australia 7th Edition.jpg A Complete Guide to Reptiles of Australia 5th edition Edition

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