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Higher TaxaVaranidae, Platynota, Anguimorpha, Sauria, Squamata (lizards) 
Common NamesE: Northern Pilbara Rock Monitor
G: Nördlicher Pilbara Felsenwaran 
SynonymVaranus pilbarensis STORR 1980
Varanus pilbarensis — DE LISLE 1996: 132
Varanus pilbarensis — COGGER 2000: 370
Varanus pilbarensis — WILSON & SWAN 2010
Varanus (Odatria) pilbarensis — HÖRENBERG & KOCH 2013
Varanus (Odatria) pilbarensis — BUCKLITSCH et al. 2016: 50 
DistributionAustralia (Pilbara region, Western Australia)

Type locality: Chichester Range, Western Australia, (22° 03’ S, 118° 48’ E).

Localities: WAM: R90856 (female)—Woodstock Station (21o37'00"S 119°01'24"E); *R100766 (male)—Woodstock Station (21°35'20"S 118°58'59"E); R102103 (male)—20 km SSW Cooya Pooya, Millstream Chichester National Park (21°12'40"S 117°04'20"E); *R110941 (female)—44 km W Pannawonica (21°39'S 116°19'E); ^R113094 – 42 km NNE Munjina Roadhouse (21°57'S 118°50'E); *R132659 (female)—Burrup Peninsula (20°32'16"S 116°49'07"E); *R139384 (female)—Meentheena (21°12'59"S 120°20'26"E); R163916 (female)—47.5 km ESE Goldsworthy (20°25'41"S 119°58'10"E); *R165513 (female)—West Intercourse Island (20°40'41"S 116°37'54"E); *R170132 (male)—30 km NE Wodgina (21°01'42"S 118°55'00"E). Map legend:
Type locality - Type locality.
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: WAM R39782, male; paratypes: WAM 
EtymologyNamed for the Pilbara region of Western Australia, the region to which it is restricted. Used as a noun in apposition. 
  • 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.
  • De Lisle, H.F. 1996. Natural History of Monitor Lizards. Krieger, Malabar (Florida)
  • Doody, J. Sean, Brendan Schembri and Samuel S. Sweet. 2015. Varanus pilbarensis (Pilbara Rock monitor) and Varanus glauerti (Kimberly Rock monitor) tail display behavior. Herpetological Review 46 (3): 439-440
  • 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, B. & Langner, C. 1998. Bemerkungen zur Haltung und Nachzucht des Pilbara-Felsenwarans (Varanus pilbarensis Storr 1980). Herpetofauna 20 (117): 5-10 - get paper here
  • Hörenberg, Thomas 2013. Der Pilbara-Waran, Varanus pilbarensis – Haltung und Nachzucht. Draco 13 (53): 31-36 - get paper here
  • Hörenberg, Thomas & André Koch 2013. Die Zwergwarane der Untergattung Odatria Gray, 1838. Draco 13 (53): 6-19 - get paper here
  • MARYAN, BRAD; PAUL M. OLIVER, ALISON J. FITCH & MORGAN O’CONNELL 2014. Molecular and morphological assessment of Varanus pilbarensis (Squamata: Varanidae), with a description of a new species from the southern Pilbara, Western Australia. Zootaxa 3768 (2): 139–158 - get paper here
  • Pianka, E. R. and D. R. King, eds. 2004. Varanoid Lizards of the World. Indiana University Press, 599 pp - get paper here
  • Storr G M 1980. The monitor lizards (genus Varanus Merrem, 1820) of Western Australia. Rec. West. Aust. Mus. 8 (2): 237-293 - get paper here
  • VEGA, ALVARO CAMINA & ANDRE KOCH 2017. First Breeding Report of the Pilbara Rock Monitor (Varanus pilbarensis Storr, 1980) in Spain with Taxonomic Comments on the Recently Described V. hamersleyensis Maryan et al., 2014. Biawak 11 (1): 19-27 - get paper here
  • VEGA, ALVARO CAMINA & EDGAR WEFER 2016. Remarks on a Case of Deformities in a Female Varanus pilbarensis Biawak 10 (2): 51 - get paper here
  • Wilson, S. & Swan, G. 2010. A complete guide to reptiles of Australia, 3rd ed. Chatswood: New Holland, 558 pp.
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