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Varanus mertensi GLAUERT, 1951

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Higher TaxaVaranidae, Platynota, Varanoidea, Anguimorpha, Sauria, Squamata (lizards)
Common NamesE: Mertens's Water Monitor
G: Mertens Wasserwaran 
SynonymVaranus mertensi GLAUERT 1951
Varanus bulliwallah WORRELL 1956
Varanus mertensi — COGGER 1983
Varanus mertensi — DE LISLE 1996: 130
Varanus mertensi — COGGER 2000: 369
Varanus mertensi — WILSON & SWAN 2010
Varanus (Varanus) mertensi — BUCKLITSCH et al. 2016: 50 
DistributionAustralia (Northern Territory, Queensland, Western Australia)

Type locality: Moola Bulla Cattle Station near Halls Creek, East Kimberly, Western Australia.

bulliwallah: Queensland, Australia. Type locality: Near Belyando, Bulliwallah Station, Queensland, Australia.  
TypesHolotype: WAM R5819, from Moola Bulla Cattle Station, near Hall 's Creek, East Kimberley, W. A.
Holotype: AM R14810, from Bulliwallah Station, on the Belyando River, Qld. [bulliwallah] 
EtymologyNamed after Robert Mertens (1894-1975), Russian-born herpetologist who worked most of his life at the Senckenberg Museum in Frankfurt, Germany. 
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