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A Listing of Monitors
Distribution Key
ORDER: SQUAMATA (LIZARDS AND SNAKES)
SUBORDER: SAURIA (LIZARDS)
Family: Varanidae (Monitors)

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Black Throated monitor


COMMON NAME
(INTERNAL LINK)

SCIENTIFIC NAME
(EXTERNAL LINK)

SUBGENUS

DISTRIBUTION

Ridge-tailed Monitor

Varanus acanthurus

Odatria

AUSTRALIA
( WA, SA?, NT, Qld )

White-throated Monitor

Varanus salbigularis albigularis

Polydaedalus

AFRICA

Angolan White-throated Rock Monitor

Varanus albigularis angolensis

Polydaedalus

AFRICA

Black-throated Rock Monitor

Varanus albigularis ionides

Polydaedalus

AFRICA

Tanzanian White-throated Rock Monitor

Varanus albigularis microstictus

Polydaedalus

AFRICA

Peacock monitor / Blue Timor Monitor

Varanus auffenbergi

Odatria

Indonesia - Roti Island

*Bangon Monitor

Varanus bangonorum

Soterosaurus

Philippines - Mindoro

Black Spotted Ridge-tailed Monitor

Varanus baritji

Odatria

AUSTRALIA ( NT )

Black Tree Monitor

Varanus beccarii

Euprepiosaurus

Indonesia - Aru Islands

Bengal Monitor

Varanus bengalensis

Empagusia

 

Iran, Afghanistan, Pakistan, India, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Burma

Bitatawa Monitor

Varanus bitatawa

Philippinosaurus

Philippine Islands

Golden Speckled/Spotted Tree monitor

Varanus boehmei

Euprepiosaurus

Indonesia - Waigeo Island

Bogert's Black Tree Monitor

Varanus bogerti

Euprepiosaurus

 

D'Entrecasteaux Archipelago (Northeast of New Guinea)

Short-Tailed Pygmy Monitor

Varanus brevicauda

Odatria

AUSTRALIA
( NT,Qld,SA,WA )

Pilbara Pygmy Monitor

Varanus bushi

Odatria

AUSTRALIA ( WA )

Turquoise / Blue Pinspot Monitor

Varanus caeruliverens

Euprepiosaurus

Indonesia - Halmahera Islands

Line-Tailed Pygmy Monitor

Varanus caudolineatus

Odatria

AUSTRALIA ( WA )

Ambon Monitor

Varanus cerambonensis

Euprepiosaurus

Indonesia - Ambon, Banda, Buru, Obi and Seram Islands

Yellow Headed or Phillipine Water Monitor

Varanus cumingi

Soterosaurus

Philippines Islands - Mindanao, Bohol, Leyte, Samar, Cebu, and Basilan

*Enteng’s Monitor

Varanus dalubhasa

Soterosaurus

(Luzon Island) Philippines 

Blue-tailed (or Kalebeck) Monitor

Varanus doreanus
(was V. indicus kalabeck)

Euprepiosaurus

New Guinea, New Britannia , Australia (QLD)

Dumeril's Monitor

Varanus dumerilii

Empagusia

Thailand, Malaysia, Sumatra, Borneo

Rusty Desert Monitor

Varanus eremius

Odatria

AUSTRALIA
( NT,Qld,SA,WA )

Savannah ( or Bosc's) Monitor

Varanus exanthematicus

Polydaedalus

Africa

Finschi's Monitor

Varanus finschi

Euprepiosaurus

New Guinea, New Ireland, Australia (QLD)

Yellow Monitor, Golden Monitor or Short-toed Monitor

Varanus flavescens

Empagusia

Bangladesh, Nepal, India, Pakistan

Perentie

Varanus giganteus

Varanus

AUSTRALIA
( NT,Qld,SA,WA )

Pygmy Mulga Monitor

Varanus gilleni

Odatria

AUSTRALIA
( NT,Qld,SA,WA )

Kimberley Rock Monitor

Varanus glauerti

Odatria

AUSTRALIA ( NT,WA )

Long-Tailed Rock (Black-palmed) Monitor

Varanus glebopalma

Odatria

AUSTRALIA ( NT,Qld,WA )

Sand Monitor

Varanus gouldii gouldii

Varanus

AUSTRALIA ( WA SA NT )

Centralian Sand Monitor

Varanus gouldii flavirufus

Varanus

AUSTRALIA ( WA SA NT )

Grey /  Caspian  / Indian Desert Monitor

Varanus griseus

Psammosaurus

Africa, Arabian Peninsula,Turkey, Asia,Pakistan,India

*Southern Pilbara Rock Monitor

Varanus hamersleyensis (split from Varanus pilbarensis)

Odatria

AUSTRALIA
(WA -Hamersley Range)

Mangrove Monitor

Varanus indicus

Euprepiosaurus

AUSTRALIA ( NT,Qld )

Sepik monitor / Peach-throated Monitor

Varanus jobiensis

Euprepiosaurus

New Guinea

Rennell Island Monitor

Varanus juxtindicus

Euprepiosaurus

Rennell Island, (Solomon Islands Archipelago)

Canopy Goanna

Varanus keithhornei

Euprepiosaurus

AUSTRALIA ( Qld )

Pygmy Rock Monitor

Varanus kingorum

Odatria

AUSTRALIA ( NT,WA )

Komodo Dragon 

Varanus komodoensis

Varanus

Indonesian Islands of Komodo, Rintja, Gilli Montang, and Flores. (may now be extict on Pandar Island)

Biak Tree Monitor

Varanus kordensis (V.prasinus kordensis)

Euprepiosaurus

Indonesia (Biak Island)

Lirung Monitor

Varanus lirungensis

Euprepiosaurus

Indonesia - Talaud Islands

Panay Monitor 

Varanus mabitang

Philippinosaurus

Panay Island, Philippines

Blue tree / Mac Rae's monitor 

Varanus macraei

Euprepiosaurus

Indonesia - Batanta Island

Marbled Water monitor

Varanus marmoratus

Soterosaurus

Phillipines

Quince Monitor

Varanus melinus

Euprepiosaurus

Sula Islands (Maluku Islands) Indonesia

Mertens' Water Monitor

Varanus mertensi

Varanus

AUSTRALIA ( NT,Qld,WA )

Mitchell's Water Monitor

Varanus mitchelli

Odatria

AUSTRALIA ( NT,WA )

Clouded Monitor

Varanus nebulosus (was bengalensis nebulosus)

Empagusia

Burma, Thailand,Vietnam, Malayan Peninsula, Indonesia - Java

*Nesterov’s Desert Monitor

Varanus nesterovi split from V. griseus caspius)

Psammosaurus

Iraq - Iran (border area)

Nile Monitor

Varanus niloticus

Polydaedalus

Africa

Spiny-neck Water Monitor

Varanus nuchalis (was Varanus salvator nuchalis)

Soterosaurus

Philippines  (Islands of Cebu , Ticao , Negros Panay,  and Masbate) 

Sago or Torch Monitor

Varanus obor

Euprepiosaurus

Sanana Island - Indonesia

Gray's Monitor

Varanus olivaceus

Philippinosaurus

Phillipines - Luzon and Catanduanes Island

Ornate Monitor

Varanus ornatus (Status uncertain)

Polydaedalus

Africa

Palawan Water Monitor

Varanus palawanensis (split from V. marmoratus)

Soterosaurus

Philippines - Palawan Island

Argus Monitor

Varanus panoptes horni

Varanus

New Guinea

Desert Spotted Monitor

Varanus panoptes rubidus

Varanus

AUSTRALIA ( WA )

Northern Yellow-Spotted Monitor

Varanus panoptes panoptes

Varanus

AUSTRALIA (NT,Qld,WA )

Northern Pilbara Rock Monitor

Varanus pilbarensis

Odatria

AUSTRALIA (WA - Northern Pilbara)

Green Tree Monitor, Emerald monitor or Wyniss

Varanus prasinus

Euprepiosaurus

New Guinea & Torres Strait Islands (Qld. Australia)

Northern Blunt-Spined Monitor

Varanus primordius

Odatria

AUSTRALIA ( NT )

Günther's Mangrove Monitor

Varanus rainerguentheri

Euprepiosaurus

Indonesia - Halmahera Island

Sulu Water Monitor

Varanus rasmusseni (split from marmoratus)

Soterosaurus

Philippines - Sulu archipelago

Yellow Tree Monitor

Varanus reisingeri

Euprepiosaurus

Indonesia - Misol Island

Rosenberg's Heath Monitor

Varanus rosenbergi

Varanus

AUSTRALIA (NSW,SA,Vic,WA )

Rough-necked Monitor

Varanus rudicollis

Empagusia

Burma, Thailand, Malaysia, Sumatra, Borneo

Crocodile Monitor

Varanus salvadorii

Papusaurus

New Guinea

Asian Water Monitor

Varanus salvator salvator

Soterosaurus

Sri Lanka ,Burma, Thailand, Laos, Vietnam, Cambodia, Malaysia, Indonesia, Philippines

Southeast Asian Water Monitor and Black Water Monitor

Varanus salvator macromaculatus (includes lizards previously called Varanus salvator komaini)

Soterosaurus

Sri Lanka ,Buirma, Thailand, Laos, Vietnam, Cambodia, Malaysia, Indonesia, Philippines

*Samar water monitor 

Varanus samarensis (was Varanus cumingi samarensis)

Soterosaurus

Samar, Leyte, & Bohol Islands (Phlippines)

Spotted Tree Monitor (see Varanus similis)

Varanus scalaris (split from V. timorensis )

Odatria

AUSTRALIA (Qld,WA,NT?)

Rusty Monitor

Varanus semiremex

Odatria

AUSTRALIA ( Qld)

*Mussau Monitor

Varanus semotus

Euprepiosaurus

(Mussau Island) Papua New Guinea

*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 )

*Dampier Peninsula Monitor (Goanna)

Varanus sparnus

Odatria

AUSTRALIA WA
( Kimberley area)

Spencer's Monitor

Varanus spenceri

Varanus

AUSTRALIA ( NT,Qld )

Keeled Monitor

Varanus spinulosus

Euprepiosaurus
( appears to be incorrect)

Solomon Islands

Eastern Storr's Monitor

Varanus storri storri

Odatria

AUSTRALIA ( NT, Qld )

Western Storr's Monitor

Varanus storri ocreatus

Odatria

AUSTRALIA ( NT )

Rossel Island Monitor 

Varanus telenesetes

Euprepiosaurus

New Guinea - Rossel Island

Timor Tree Monitor

Varanus timorensis

Odatria

Indonesia - Timor,Sawu and Roti Island

Togian Water Monitor 

Varanus togianus

Soterosaurus

Togian Island (Indonesia)

Black-headed Monitor

Varanus tristis tristis

Varanus

AUSTRALIA ( NT, SA, WA )

Freckled Monitor

Varanus tristis orientalis

Varanus

AUSTRALIA ( NSW, NT, Qld, WA )

Lace Monitor

Varanus varius

Varanus

AUSTRALIA
( NSW,Qld,SA,Vic )

Yemen Monitor

Varanus yemenensis

Polydaedalus

Arabic Peninsula

Tricolored Monitor

Varanus yuwonoi

Euprepiosaurus

Indonesia- Jailolo on Halmahera Island

Zug's Mangrove Monitor

Varanus zugorum

Euprepiosaurus

Indonesia - Jailolo, Halmahera Islands, Moluccan islands,



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

CKI = Cocos (Keeling) Island

NSW = New South Wales

NT = Northern Territory

Qld = Queensland

SA = South Australia

Tas = Tasmania

Vic = Victoria

WA = Western Australia

 

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