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Higher TaxaVaranidae, Platynota, Anguimorpha, Sauria, Squamata (lizards) 
Common NamesE: Nesterov’s desert monitor
G: Nesterovs Wüstenwaran 
SynonymVaranus nesterovi BÖHME, EHRLICH, MILTO, ORLOV & SCHOLZ 2015
Varanus griseus — TUCK 1971: 60 (part.) (not of DAUDIN 1803)
Varanus griseus caspius — MERTENS 1973: 234 (part.) (not EICHWALD 1823)
Varanus griseus caspius — FATHINIA et al. 2009: pl. 6f (part.)
Varanus (Psammosaurus) nesterovi — BUCKLITSCH et al. 2016: 50 
DistributionIraq - Iran border area

Type locality: “Biare,” currently Byara Village, Muhafazat as Sulaymaniyah, Iraq (35°13’50’’ N 46°07’15’’ E), 1086 m elevation. Map legend:
Type locality - Type locality.
TypesHolotype. ZISP 23300, collected by P. V. Nesterov, on 8 June 1914 (Figs. 3, 9, and 10).
Paratypes. ZISP 11752.1 and 11752.2, Abu-naft River near Nawtkhana Village, DiyalaGMandali, Iraq (approx. 34°06’26.9’’ N 45°32’58.4’’ E), collected by P. V. Nesterov, on 19 April 1914. USNM 160302, 35 km E of Gachsaran, Khuzistan Province, Iran (30°12’ N 50°47’ E), western foothills of Zagros Mts., collected by R. G. Tuck, on 11 February 1964. 
CommentDistribution: see map in BÖHME et al. 2015: 48. 
EtymologyNamed after its first discoverer, Petr Vladimirovich Nesterov (1883 – 1941, Fig. 15) who had recognized already its specific distinctness and even had coined already a name for it — unfortunately never published due to the political chaos between the outbreak of World War I and World War II which affected his life severely and lastly even led to his tragic death in an Estonian NKVD prison (Adler, 2012). 
  • Adler, K. (ed.) 2012. Contributions to the history of herpetology, Vol 3. SSAR Contributions to Herpetology
  • BARABANOV, ANDREI & KONSTANTIN MILTO 2017. An annotated type catalogue of the anguid, dibamid, scincid and varanid lizards in the Department of Herpetology, Zoological Institute, Russian Academy of Sciences, St. Petersburg, Russia (Reptilia: Sauria: Anguidae, Dibamidae, Scincidae and Varanida Zootaxa 4244 (1): 065–078 - get paper here
  • BÖHME, W.<br /> 2017. Wiederfund von Nesterovs Wüstenwaran, Varanus nesterovi Böhme, Ehrlich, Milto, Orlov & Scholz, 2014 (Squamata: Varanidae) im Irak Sauria 39 (3): 57-62 - get paper here
  • Böhme, Wolfgang; Klaus Ehrlich, Konstantin Milto, Nikolay Orlov, Sebastian Scholz 2015. A New Species of Desert Monitor Lizard (Varanidae: Varanus: Psammosaurus) from the Western Zagros Region (Iraq, Iran). Russ. J. Herpetol. 22 (1): 41-52 - get paper here
  • Kwet, Axel 2015. Im wilden Kurdistan – ein spektakulärer Großwaran aus dem Zagros-Gebirge. Terraria-Elaphe 2015 (4): 52-53 - get paper here
  • Mertens R. 1973. Zur Kenntnis des iranischen Wüstenwarans, Varanus griseus. Bonner Zoologische Beiträge 24, 233 – 236 - get paper here
  • Tuck, R.G., Jr. 1971. Amphibians and reptiles from Iran in the United States National Museum Collection. Bull. Maryland Herp. Soc. 7(3): 48-86. - get paper here
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