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Varanus rosenbergi MERTENS, 1957

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Higher TaxaVaranidae, Platynota, Varanoidea, Anguimorpha, Sauria, Squamata (lizards)
Common NamesE: Heath Monitor
Italian: Varano delle brughiere 
SynonymVaranus gouldii rosenbergi MERTENS 1957: 17
Varanus rosenbergi — STORR 1980: 280
Varanus rosenbergi — COGGER 1983
Pantherosaurus kuringai WELLS & WELLINGTON 1985: 22
Varanus rosenbergi — DE LISLE 1996: 133
Varanus rosenbergi — COGGER 2000: 372
Varanus rosenbergi — WILSON & SWAN 2010
Varanus (Varanus) rosenbergi — BUCKLITSCH et al. 2016: 50 
DistributionAustralia (New South Wales, South Australia, SW Victoria, S Western Australia)

Type locality: Monigup Pass, Stirling Range, W. A.  
TypesHolotype: WAM R822 
CommentSynonymy: partly after SHEA & SADLIER 1999. 
EtymologyNamed after Baron Carl (originally Karl) Benjamin Hermann von Rosenberg (1817-1888), a German naturalist, ornithologist, and geographer who collected in the East Indies and mapped outlying districts of the archipelago. 
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