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Varanus baritji KING & HORNER, 1987

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Higher TaxaVaranidae, Platynota, Sauria (lizards) 
Subspecies 
Common NamesBlack-spotted Ridge-tailed Monitor, Black-spotted Spiny-tailed Monitor 
SynonymVaranus baritji KING & HORNER 1987
Varanus baritji — COGGER 2000: 361
Varanus baritji — EIDENMÜLLER 2007
Varanus (Odatria) baritji — HÖRENBERG & KOCH 2013 
DistributionAustralia (N North Territory)

Type locality: Mirrngadja, Arafura Swamp, Northern Territory, Australia, [12º39'S 135º12'E]. Map legend:
Type locality - Type locality.
Distribution map - Distribution map.
TDWG region - Region according to the TDWG standard, not a precise distribution map.

NOTE: TDWG regions are generated automatically from the text in the distribution field and not in every cases it works well. We are working on it.
 
TypesHolotype NTM R13192, female. 
Comment 
EtymologyEtymology: “baritj” is an aboriginal word for white and the lizard is named after its discoverer Dr Neville White. 
References
  • Bennet, D.F. 2003. Australische Warane. Reptilia (Münster) 8 (43): 18-25 - get paper here
  • Bennet, D.F. 2003. Australian Monitors. Reptilia (GB) (30): 12-19 - get paper here
  • Cogger,H.G. 2000. Reptiles and Amphibians of Australia, 6th ed. Ralph Curtis Publishing, Sanibel Island, 808 pp.
  • Eidenmüller, B. 2003. Warane. Lebensweise, Pflege, Zucht. 2. Aufl. Herpeton Verlag, Offenbach, 174 pp.
  • Eidenmüller, B. 2007. Small monitors in the terrarium. Reptilia (GB) (50): 12-19 - get paper here
  • Eidenmüller, B. 2007. Kleinwarane im Terrarium. Reptilia (Münster) 12 (63): 16-23 - get paper here
  • Eidenmüller, Bernd 2013. Von Darwin nach Alice Springs – der Warane wegen Draco 13 (53): 55-61 - get paper here
  • Hörenberg, Thomas & André Koch 2013. Die Zwergwarane der Untergattung Odatria Gray, 1838 Draco 13 (53): 6-19 - get paper here
  • King M; Horner P 1987. A new species of monitor (Platynota: Reptilia) from northern Australia and a note on the status of Varanus acanthurus insulanicus Mertens. The Beagle 4 (1) 1987: 73-79
  • Pianka, E. R. and D. R. King, eds. 2004. Varanoid Lizards of the World. Indiana University Press, 599 pp - get paper here
  • Pianka, Eric R. 2012. Can humans share spaceship earth? Amphibian and Reptile Conservation 6 (1): 1-24 - get paper here
  • Sprackland, R. G. 2001. Dwarf monitors. Reptile and Amphibian Hobbyist 6 (10): 8-16
  • Wilson,S. & Swan, G. 2010. A complete guide to reptiles of Australia, 3rd ed. Chatswood: New Holland, 558 pp.
 
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