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Varanus primordius MERTENS, 1942

IUCN Red List - Varanus primordius - Least Concern, LC

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Higher TaxaVaranidae, Platynota, Anguimorpha, Sauria, Squamata (lizards) 
Subspecies 
Common NamesNorthern Blunt-spined Monitor 
SynonymVaranus acanthurus primordius MERTENS 1942
Varanus primordius — STORR 1966
Varanus primordius — COGGER 1983
Worrellisaurus primordius — WELLS & WELLINGTON 1985: 22
Varanus primordius — DE LISLE 1996: 133
Varanus primordius — COGGER 2000: 371
Varanus primordius — WILSON & SWAN 2010
Varanus (Odatria) primordius — HÖRENBERG & KOCH 2013
Varanus (Odatria) primordius — BUCKLITSCH et al. 2016: 50 
DistributionAustralia (N North Territory)

Type locality: North Australia. 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: ZMB 6204 
Comment 
References
  • 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)
  • 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
  • Mertens, R. 1942. Ein weiterer neuer Waran aus Australien. Zool. Anz. 137: 41-44
  • Mertens, R. 1958. Bemerkungen über die Warane Australiens. Senckenbergiana biologica 39: 229-264
  • Mertens, R. 1966. Ein neuer Zwergwaran aus Australien. Senckenbergiana biologica 47: 437-441
  • Pianka, E. R. and D. R. King, eds. 2004. Varanoid Lizards of the World. Indiana University Press, 599 pp - get paper here
  • Sprackland, R. G. 2001. Dwarf monitors. Reptile and Amphibian Hobbyist 6 (10): 8-16
  • Storr, G. M. 1966. Rediscovery and taxonomic status of the Australian lizard, Varanus primordius. Copeia 1966 (3): 583-584 - 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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