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Higher TaxaVaranidae, Platynota, Anguimorpha, Sauria, Squamata (lizards) 
SubspeciesVaranus griseus griseus (DAUDIN 1803)
Varanus griseus caspius (EICHWALD 1831)
Varanus griseus koniecznyi MERTENS 1954 
Common NamesE: Desert Monitor
G: Wüstenwaran 
SynonymTupinambis griseus DAUDIN 1803: 352
Varanus scincus MERREM 1820: 59
Tupinambis arenarius GEOFFROY 1827: 123
Varanus terrestris SCHINZ 1834: 94
Varanus arenarius — DUMÉRIL & BIBRON 1836: 471 (?)
Psammosaurus terrestris — RABL-RÜCKHARD 1881
Varanus griseus — BOULENGER 1885: 306
Varanus griseus — BOULENGER 1887: 407
Psammosaurus arabicus HEMPRICH & EHRENBERG 1899
Psammosaurus griseus — SIXTA 1900
Varanus (Psammosaurus) griseus - MERTENS 1942
Varanus griseus griseus — DE LISLE 1996: 127
Varanus griseus — ŠMÍD et al. 2014

Varanus griseus caspius (EICHWALD 1831)
Psammosaurus caspius EICHWALD 1831: 190
Varanus caspius — GRAY 1845: 7
Varanus griseus caspius — ANDERSON 1963
Varanus griseus caspius — NILSON & ANDREN 1981: 137
Varanus griseus caspius — DE LISLE 1996: 128
Varanus griseus caspius — DE LISLE 2009: 18
Varanus griseus caspius — HEIDARI et al. 2010

Varanus griseus koniecznyi (MERTENS 1954)
Varanus ornatus CARLLEYLE 1869: 192
Varanus griseus koniecznyi MERTENS 1954: 353
Varanus griseus koniecznyi — DE LISLE 1996: 128
Varanus griseus konicznyi [sic] — MURTHY 2010 
DistributionTurkey (from Urfa) [Eiselt (1970), Böhme (1973)]
Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, Libya, Egypt, Israel, Syria, Jordan,
Lebanon, Iraq, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates (UAE), Qatar, Oman, Turkmenistan, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan,
Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan
Western Sahara, Mauritania, Mali, Niger, Chad, Sudan,
Afghanistan, Iran (incl. Kavir desert), Pakistan, NW India (Gujarat)

griseus: Saudi Arabia, Iran; Type locality: Dardsha, coast of the Caspian Sea.

caspius: Iran, Afghanistan, Pakistan; Type locality: Dardsha Peninsula, southeastern coast of Caspian Sea, Turkmenistan.

koniecznyi: Pakistan, NW India; Type locality: Korangee, near Karachi, Pakistan. Map legend:
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.
 
Reproductionoviparous 
TypesHolotype: MNHN (lost fide de LISLE 2009: 18)
Holotype: EMKSU, not located [caspius]
Holotype: SMF 46784 [koniecznyi]
Holotype: MNHN [Tupinambis arenarius] 
CommentFor a detailed distrubtion map and locality data see BAYLESS (2002). 
EtymologyV. g. koniecznyi has been named after the host of R. Mertens in Pakistan, Mr. M. G. Koniecznyi.  
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