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Varanus scalaris MERTENS, 1941

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Higher TaxaVaranidae, Platynota, Anguimorpha, Sauria, Squamata (lizards) 
Subspecies 
Common Names 
SynonymVaranus timorensis scalaris MERTENS 1941: 266
Varanus scalaris — STORR 1983: 106
Varanus timorensis — COGGER 1983
Odatria kuranda WELLS & WELLINGTON 1985: 21
Odatria pengilleyi WELLS & WELLINGTON 1985: 21
Varanus scalaris — DE LISLE 1996: 137
Varanus scalaris — COGGER 2000: 377
Varanus scalaris — WILSON & SWAN 2010
Varanus (Odatria) scalaris — HÖRENBERG & KOCH 2013
Varanus (Odatria) scalaris — BUCKLITSCH et al. 2016: 50 
DistributionN Australia (Western Australia, Queensland)

Type locality: Mission Beagle Bay, Dampier Land, NW Australia.  
Reproductionoviparous 
TypesHolotype: SMF 32806
Paratype: ZMB 30550 
CommentSubspecies: Varanus scalaris similis has been elevated to full species status.

Distribution: Not in S New Guinea fide BÖHME (2003), and restricted to a relatively small area around the type locality (A. Koch, pers. comm., 17 Jan 2017).

Synonymy: following SHEA & SADLIER 1999: 64.

Photo: Biawak 5 (3): 54 (2011) 
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
  • Berghof, H.-P. 2001. Die Pflege und Vermehrung des kleinen neuguineischen Baumwaranes Varanus (Odatria) similis MERTENS 1958. Herpetofauna 23 (135): 5-13 - get paper here
  • Böhme,W. 2003. Checklist of the living monitor lizards of the world (family Varanidae). Zoologische Verhandelingen 341: 6-43 - get paper here
  • Branch 1982. Hemipeneal Morphology of Platynotan Lizards. Journal of Herpetology 16 (1): 16-38 - get paper here
  • Bruse, F. & Werning, H. 2004. Futtertiere selber züchten - ein Problem?. Reptilia (Münster) 9 (49): 20-26 - 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
  • FRÝDLOVÁ, PETRA and DANIEL FRYNTA 2010. A test of Rensch’s rule in varanid lizards. Biological Journal of the Linnean Society 100: 293–306 - 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. 1941. Zwei neue Warane des australischen Fauenengebietes. Senckenbergiana 23: 266-272
  • Pianka, E. R. and D. R. King, eds. 2004. Varanoid Lizards of the World. Indiana University Press, 599 pp - get paper here
  • Storr, SMITH & JOHNSTONE 1983. Lizards of Western Australia 2, Dragons and Monitors. p. 29, Pl. 5
  • Wilson, S. & Swan, G. 2010. A complete guide to reptiles of Australia, 3rd ed. Chatswood: New Holland, 558 pp.
 
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