Varanid species information page

We are always looking for good photos of wild and captive 

monitors, and online information.

 If you have some of the above you can send an email to us. Credit will of course be given.

On this page you will be able to find information on monitor lizard species.

 Click on the species name to get directed to the information on the specific species. Each page will contain photos ( from myself and others ) and links to information on the species.

Papusaurus.


Varanus salvadorii.



Philippinosaurus.


Varanus bitatawa

Varanus mabitang.

Varanus olivaceus.

Polydaedalus.


Varanus albigularis.

Varanus exanthematicus.

Varanus niloticus.

Varanus stellatus.

Varanus ornatus.

Varanus yemenensis.

Solomonsaurus.


Varanus spinulosus.

Soterosaurus.


Varanus bangonorum.

Varanus cumingi.

Varanus dalubhasa.

Varanus marmoratus.

Varanus nuchalis.

Varanus palawanensis.

Varanus rasmusseni.

Varanus salvator.

Varanus samarensis.

Varanus togianus.

Species information:

Photo contributors.


Guy Marsters.

Edward Wong.

Tony Astle.

Brian Shapiro.

Rom Pogo.

Semih Yanik.

Daniel Gardner.

Juline guarino Hermes.

Dennis Wagner.

Robert Brown.

Chris Holland.

Martijn van de Laar.

Khai Phan.

Darrin Gale.

Joe Calvert.

Valdemar egelund Jørgensen.

Lyall Naylor.

Nick ven Eeuwijk.

Per Erikson.

Dean Cheetham.

Chris Applin.

Ralf Vitt.

Erik nørgaard Bihlet.

Rowan Wolf.

Jairo Herpeto.

Andreas Hallgren.

Carl Stenqvist.

Thibaud Aroson.

Wilhelm joshus Tan.

Michael Stefani.

Awanti Shastri.

Michaela S. Webb.

Peter Xiong.

Mikkel stenholt Sortemos.

Brian Bush.

Simon Bomholt.

Boris Levecq.

Florian Wagner.

Soran H. Ahmad.

Damon Tighe.

Tim Heeley

Chrisstoffer Plougmann.

Savannah Ray.

Dustyn & Catherine.

Philipniceguy exotics.

Steve Foo.

Bruce Davids.

Martyn Jones.

Caine Peacock.

Esa Kinnunen.

Zsolt Kinnunen.

Kris Kaspersen.

Anna Bauerova.

Benjamin Lupton.

David jeffrey Ringer.

Tony Gerard.

Kristof Zyskowski.

Owen Gale.

Common name: Bengal monitor.

Scientific name: Varanus bengalensis.

Subgenus        : Empagusia.

Described        : Daudin. 1802.

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Common name: Dumeril¨s monitor.

Scientific name: Varanus dumerilii.

Subgenus        : Empagusia.

Described        : Schlegel. 1839.

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Common name: Yellow monitor.

Scientific name: Varanus flavescens.

Subgenus        : Empagusia.

Described         :Hardwicke & Gray 1827.

Information:


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Common name: Clouded monitor.

Scientific name: Varanus nebulosus.

Subgenus        : Empagusia.

Described        : Gray. 1931.

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Common name: Roughneck monitor.

Scientific name: Varanus rudicollis

Subgenus        : Empagusia.

Described        : Gray. 1845.

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Common name: Bennett's long-tailed monitor.

Scientific name: Varanus bennetti.

Subgenus        : Euprepiosaurus.

Described        : Weijola, Vahtera, Koch,                                    Schmitz & Kraus, 2020.

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Common name: Turquoise monitor.

Scientific name: Varanus caerulivirens.

Subgenus        : Euprepiosaurus.

Described        : Ziegler, Böhme and                                    Philipp. 1999  

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Common name: Ceram mangrove monitor.

Scientific name: Varanus cerambonensis.

Subgenus        : Euprepiosaurus.

Described        : Philipp, Böhme & Ziegler. 1999.

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Common name: Kei island monitor lizard.

Scientific name: Varanus colei.

Subgenus        : Euprepiosaurus.

Described        : Böhme,Jacobs,Koppetsch &                              Schmitz. 2019.

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Common name: 

Scientific name: Varanus douarrha

Subgenus        :

Described        : Lesson, 1830

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Common name: Mangrove monitor.

Scientific name: Varanus indicus.

Subgenus        : Euprepiosaurus.

Described        : Daudin. 1802.

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Common name: Peach throated monitor.

Scientific name: Varanus jobiensis.

Subgenus        : Euprepiosaurus.

Described        : Ahl. 1932.

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Common name: Rennell island monitor.

Scientific name: Varanus juxtindicus.

Subgenus        : Euprepiosaurus.

Described        : Böhme, Philipp, Ziegler. 2002.

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Common name: Quince monitor.

Scientific name: Varanus melinus.

Subgenus        : Euprepiosaurus.

Described        : Böhme & Ziegler. 1997.

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Common name:

Scientific name: Varanus lirungensis

Subgenus        : Euprepiosaurus

Described         :Koch, Arida, Schmitz,

                          Böhme and Ziegler, 2009

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Common name: Sago monitor

Scientifiv name: Varanus obor.

Subgenus        : Euprepiosaurus.

Described        : Weijola & Sweet. 2010.

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Common name: Rainer Günther’s Monitor

Scientific name: Varanus rainerguentheri

Subgenus        : Euprepiosaurus

Described         : Ziegler, Böhme and Schmitz, 2007

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Common name: Mariana monitor.

Scientific name: Varanus tsukamotoi.

Subgenus        : Euprepiosaurus.

Described        : Kishida. 1929.

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Common name: Tricolor monitor.

Scientific name: Varanus yuwonoi.

Subgenus        : Euprepiosaurus.

Described        : Harvey & Barker. 1998.

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Common name: Silver monitor

Scientific name: Varanus zugorum

Subgenus         : Euprepiosaurus

Described         : Böhme and Ziegler, 2005

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Common name: Black tree monitor.

Scientific name: Varanus beccarii.

Subgenus        : Hapturosaurus.

Described        : Doria 1874.

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Common name: Golden spotted tree monitor.

Scientific name: Varanus boehmei.

Subgenus        : Hapturosaurus.

Described        : Jacobs. 2003.

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Common name: Bogert´s monitor

Scientific name: Varanus bogerti

Subgenus        : Hapturosaurus

Described        : Mertens, 1950

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Common name: Biak tree monitor.

Scientific name: Varanus kordensis.

Subgenus        : Hapturosaurus.

Described        : A. B. Meyer. 1874.

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Common name: Blue spotted tree monitor.

Scientific name: Varanus macraei.

Subgenus:        : Hapturosaurus.

Described         : Böhme & Jacobs. 2001.

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Common name: Green tree monitor.

Scientific name: Varanus prasinus.

Subgenus        : Hapturosaurus.

Described        : Schlegel 1839.

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Common name: Yellow tree monitor.

Scientific name: Varanus reisingeri.

Subgenus        : Hapturosaurus.

Described        : Eidenmüller & Wicker. 2005.

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Common name: Spiny tailed monitor / ridge tailed monitor.

Scientific name: Varanus acanthurus.

Subgenus        : Odatria.

Described        : Boulenger 1885.

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Common name: Peacock monitor.

Scientific name: Varanus auffenbergi.

Subgenus        : Odatria.

Described        : Sprackland. 1999.

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Common name: Black-spotted ridge-tailed monitor.

Scientific name: Varanus baritji.

Subgenus        : Odatria.

Described        : King & Horner 1987.

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Common name: Short tailed monitor.

Scientific name: Varanus brevicauda.

Subgenus        : Odatria.

Described        : Boulenger. 1898.

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Common name: Pilbara monitor.

Scientific name: Varanus bushi.

Subgenus        : Odatria.

Described        : Aplin, A. Fitch & D. King. 2006.

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Common name: Stripe tailed monitor.

Scientific name: Varanus caudolineatus.

Subgenus        : Odatria.

Described        : Boulenger. 1885.

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Common name: Rusty desert monitor.

Scientific name: Varanus eremius.

Subgenus        : Odatria.

Described        : Lucas & Frost. 1895.

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Common name: Pygmy mulga monitor

Scientific name: Varanus gilleni

Subgenus        : Odatria

Discovered      : 1895 Lucas & Frost

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Common name: Kimberley rock monitor.

Scientific name: Varanus glauerti.

Subgenus        : Odatria.

Described        : Mertens. 1957.

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Common name: Black palmed rock monitor.

Scientific name: Varanus glebopalma.

Subgenus        : Odatria.

Described        : Mitchell. 1955.

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Common name: Southern pilbara rock monitor.

Scientific name: Varanus hamersleyensis.

Subgenus        : Odatria.

Described        : Maryan, Oliver, Fitch & O'Connell, 2014.

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Common name: Kings rock monitor.

Scientific name: varanus kingorum.

Subgenus        : Odatria.

Described        : Storr 1980.

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Common name: Mitchell´s water monitor.

Scientific name: varanus mitchelli.

Subgenus        : Odatria.

Described        : Mertens. 1958.

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Common name: Pilbara rock monitor.

Scientific name: Varannus pilbarensis.

Subgenus        : Odatria

Described        : Storr. 1980.

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Common name: Northern blunt spined monitor.

Scientific name: Varanus primordius.

Subgenus        : Odatria.

Described        : Mertens. 1942.

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Common name: Spotted tree monitor.

Scientific name: Varanus scalaris.

Subgenus        : Odatria.

Described        : Mertens. 1941.

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Common name: Rusty monitor.

Scientific name: Varanus semiremex.

Subgenus        : Odatria.

Described        : Peters. 1869.

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Common name: Spotted tree monitor.

Scientific name: Varanus similis.

Subgenus        : Odatria.

Described        : Mertens. 1958.

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Common name: Storr`s monitor.

Scientific name: Varanus storri.

Subgenus        : Odatria.

Described        : 1966 Mertens.

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Common name: Timor monitor.

Scientific name: Varanus timorensis.

Subgenus        : Odatria.

Described        : Gary. 1831.

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Common name: Black headed monitor.

Scientific name: Varanus tristis.

Subgenus        : Odatria.

Described        : Schlegel. 1839.

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Common name: Crocodile monitor.

Scientific name: Varanus salvadorii.

Subgenus         : Papusaurus.

Described         : W. Peters & Doria.

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Common name: Gray´s monitor.

Scientific name: Varanus olivaceus.

Subgenus        : Philippinosaurus.

Described        : Hallowell. 1856.

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Common name: Rock monitor.

Scientific name: Varanus albigularis.

Subgenus        : Polydaedalus.

Described        : Daudin 1802.

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Common name: Savannah monitor.

Scientific name: Varanus exanthematicus.

Subgenus        : Polydaedalus.

Described        : Bosc 1792.

Information:


https://savmon.org/

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Common name: Nile monitor.

Scientific name: Varanus niloticus.

Subgenus        : Polydaedalus.

Described        : Linnaeus. 1766.

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Common name: Desert monitor.

Scientific name : Varanus griseus.

Subgenus         : Psammosaurus.

Described         : Daudin 1803.

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Common name: Nesterov´desert monitor.

Scientific name: Varanus nesterovi.

Subgenus         : Psammosaurus.

Described         : Böhme. Ehrlich. Milto.                             Orlov & Scholz. 2015      

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