Varanus pilbarensis STORR, 1980
Can you confirm these amateur observations of Varanus pilbarensis?
|Higher Taxa||Varanidae, Platynota, Varanoidea, Anguimorpha, Sauria, Squamata (lizards)|
|Common Names||E: Northern Pilbara Rock Monitor|
G: Nördlicher Pilbara Felsenwaran
|Synonym||Varanus 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
|Distribution||Australia (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).
|Types||Holotype: WAM R39782, male; paratypes: WAM|
|Diagnosis||Diagnosis. Differs from all Australian congeners by the following combination of characters: size moderately small (SVL up to 180 mm); slender build; tail long (between 170–211% of SVL) and thin, circular in cross section at midpoint, midbody scales 118–128; dorsal and lateral primary scales weakly keeled, enlarged keeled ventrolateral scales on each side of and posterior to vent in 4–6 rows, scales on top of head smooth; supraoculars gradually merging with larger interoculars; dorsal scales elongate, ovate; nostrils high and oriented dorsolaterally, dorsal and lateral surfaces of body with distinct transverse series of large ocelli on a light reddish-brown background, and tail with prominent alternating light and dark bands.|
Varanus pilbarensis differs from its sister species in the Hamersley Range (described below) in its overall paler colouration, large greyish ocelli on the dorsal and lateral surfaces of body and limbs (v. small whitish ocelli on limbs only), strongly banded tail (v. completely or mostly unbanded) and larger and more elongate dorsal scales (Fig. 3A in Maryan et al. 2014).
|Etymology||Named for the Pilbara region of Western Australia, the region to which it is restricted. Used as a noun in apposition.|