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Varanus keithhornei WELLS & WELLINGTON, 1985

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Higher TaxaVaranidae, Platynota, Varanoidea, Anguimorpha, Sauria, Squamata (lizards)
Common NamesE: Nesbit River Monitor 
SynonymVaranus prasinus BLEEKER 1856: 278 (part.)
Varanus prasinus prasinus CZECHURA 1980 (part.)
Odatria keithhornei WELLS & WELLINGTON 1985: 21
Varanus teriae SPRACKLAND 1991: 570 (fide ZIEGLER & BÖHME 1997)
Varanus teriae — DE LISLE 1996: 139
Varanus keithhornei — COGGER 2000: 744
Varanus (Euprepiosaurus) keithhornei — ZIEGLER et al. 2007
Varanus (Euprepiosaurus) keithhornei — KOCH et al. 2013
Varanus (Hapturosaurus) keithhornei — BUCKLITSCH et al. 2016: 50 
DistributionAustralia (Queensland, Cape York Peninsula)

Type locality: Buthen Buthen, Nesbit River, Cape York Peninsula  
TypesHolotype: QM J31566 (keithhorni)
Holotype: QM J31566 [teriae] 
EtymologyNamed for Mr Keith Horne, herpetologist of Sydney, New South Wales. 
  • Anonymous 2001. Opinion 1970 - Odatria keithhornei WELLS & WELLINGTON 1985 (Reptilia, Sauria): specific name placed on Official List. Bull. Zool. Nomenclature 58 (1): 74 - get paper here
  • Bleeker, P. 1856. Reis Minahassa 1: 278
  • Cogger, H. G. 2014. Reptiles and Amphibians of Australia, 7th ed. CSIRO Publishing, xxx + 1033 pp. - get paper here
  • Cogger, H.G. 2000. Reptiles and Amphibians of Australia, 6th ed. Ralph Curtis Publishing, Sanibel Island, 808 pp.
  • Czechura, G. V. 1980. The emerald monitor Varanus prasinus (Schlegel): an addition to the Australian mainland herpetofauna. Memoirs of the Queensland Museum 20: 103-109 - get paper here
  • 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
  • Koch A, Ziegler T, Böhme W, Arida E, Auliya M. 2013. Pressing Problems: Distribution, Threats, and Conservation Status of the Monitor Lizards (Varanidae: Varanus spp.) of Southeast Asia and the Indo-Australian Archipelago. Herp. Cons. Biol. 8 (Monograph 3): 1 − 62. - get paper here
  • Koch, Andre; Ernst, Nicole; Eidenmuller, Bernd; Kraus, Fred 2014. New data on the rare Varanus bogerti Mertens, 1950 and V. telenesetes Sprackland, 1991 (Squamata: Varanidae), two endemic monitor lizard taxa from island groups off southeastern New Guinea. The Herpetological Journal 24 (2): 111-122 - get paper here
  • KOCH, ANDRÉ & BERND EIDENMÜLLER 2019. Is the New Guinea Emerald Tree Monitor Lizard (Varanus prasinus) Native to Mainland Australia? Biawak 13 (1): 32–42
  • Lisle, H.F. de 1996. Natural History of Monitor Lizards. Krieger, Malabar (Florida)
  • 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. 1991. Taxonomic review of the Varanus prasinus group with descriptions of two new species. Memoirs of the Queensland Museum 30 (3): 561-576. - get paper here
  • Wells, R. W. and Wellington, C. R. 1985. A classification of the Amphibia and Reptilia of Australia. Australian Journal of Herpetology, Supplementary Series (1): 1-61 [sometimes cited as 1983] - get paper here
  • Wilson, S. & Swan, G. 2010. A complete guide to reptiles of Australia, 3rd ed. Chatswood: New Holland, 558 pp.
  • Ziegler, T. & W. BÖHME 1998. Comments on the proposed conservation of the specific name Varanus teriae SPRACKLAND, 1991 (Reptilia, Squamata) (Case 3043; see BZN 54: 100-103, 250-251; 55: 37-39). Bull. Zool. Nomenclature 55 (2): 111-113. - get paper here
  • Ziegler, T., Schmitz, A., Koch, A. & W. Böhme 2007. A review of the subgenus Euprepiosaurus of Varanus (Squamata: Varanidae): morphological and molecular phylogeny, distribution and zoogeography, with an identification key for the members of the V. indicus and the V. prasinus species groups. Zootaxa 1472: 1-28 - get paper here
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