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Varanus baritji KING & HORNER, 1987

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Higher TaxaVaranidae, Platynota, Anguimorpha, Sauria, Squamata (lizards) 
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
Varanus (Odatria) baritji — BUCKLITSCH et al. 2016: 50 
DistributionAustralia (N North Territory)

Type locality: Mirrngadja, Arafura Swamp, Northern Territory, Australia, [12º39'S 135º12'E]. Map legend:
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TypesHolotype: NTM R13192, female. 
Etymology“baritj” is an aboriginal word for white and the lizard is named after its discoverer Dr Neville White. 
  • Bennet, D.F. 2003. Australian Monitors. Reptilia (GB) (30): 12-19 - get paper here
  • Bennet, D.F. 2003. Australische Warane. Reptilia (Münster) 8 (43): 18-25 - get paper here
  • Cogger, H. G. 2014. Reptiles and Amphibians of Australia, 7th ed. CSIRO Publishing, xxx + 1033 pp.
  • 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. Kleinwarane im Terrarium. Reptilia (Münster) 12 (63): 16-23 - get paper here
  • Eidenmüller, B. 2007. Small monitors in the terrarium. Reptilia (GB) (50): 12-19 - 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 & 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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