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RIDGE-TAILED MONITOR
or

SPINY-TAILED GOANNA
Varanus acanthurus

There are 3 Subspecies

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Northwestern Ridge-Tailed Monitor

 

Varanus acanthurus acanthurus (Subspecies status may be removed and may become Varanus acanthurus)

Odatria

WA, NT

Common Ridge-tailed Monitor

Varanus acanthurus brachyurus subspecies status may be lost and may be renamed as Varanus acanthurus

Odatria

WA, NT, Qld

Island Ridge-Tailed Monitor

Varanus acanthurus insulanicus (Subspecies status may be removed and may become a full species (Varanus insulanicus)

Odatria

NT

Common Ridge-tailed Monitor Varanus acanthurus brachyurus
Common Ridge-tailed Monitor (Varanus acanthurus brachyurus) photographed at Rodbaston Animal Zone UK

RIDGE-TAILED MONITOR Varanus acanthurus map
Approximate distribution of the Ridge-tailed Monitor (Varanus acanthurus)

RIDGE-TAILED MONITOR Varanus acanthurus
This specimen of Common Ridge-tailed Monitor (Varanus acanthurus brachyurus) is from Mt. Isa, Queensland.


RIDGE-TAILED MONITOR Varanus acanthurus  
Common Ridge-tailed Monitor (Varanus acanthurus brachyurus)

Common Ridge-tailed Monitor Varanus acanthurus brachyurus
Common Ridge-tailed Monitor (Varanus acanthurus brachyurus) Dolittles Pet Shop, Wolverhampton, UK

RIDGE-TAILED MONITOR Varanus acanthurus
Common Ridge-tailed Monitor (Varanus acanthurus brachyurus)

This species is similar to the Lemon-throated Monitor (Varanus baritji )


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Between a rock and a dry place: phylogenomics, biogeography, and systematics of ridge-tailed monitors (Squamata: Varanidae: Varanus acanthurus complex)

Australian Monitor Lizards
by John Fowler

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