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BLUE TAILED (Kalabeck's) MONITOR
Varanus doreanus
Distribution;- New Guinea, north-western Cape York, and the Aru, Biak, Salawati, Waigeo and Karkar Islands.
(Distribution uncertain - use with care)

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Blue Tailed (Kalabeck's) Monitor (Varanus doreanus)


Approximate distribution of the Blue Tailed (Kalabeck's) Monitor (Varanus doreanus)
Approximate distribution of the Blue Tailed (Kalabeck's) Monitor (Varanus doreanus)
(Due to conflicting information about the distribution of this species online please use this map with care)



Blue Tailed Monitor
Blue Tailed (Kalabeck's) Monitor (Varanus doreanus)

Blue Tailed Monitor
The above photographs of a Blue Tailed (Kalabeck's) Monitor (Varanus doreanus) were taken at the Rimba Reptile Park Bali


The existence of Varanus finschi which was previously considered to be a subspecies of Varanus doreanus and was known as Varanus doreanus finschi on Cape York Queensland Australia was based on a single specimen without exact locality data when this page was first created. Varanus finschi is found in New Britain, New Ireland, the Bismarck Archipelagoes well as Eastern areas of Papua New Guinea (distribution uncertain use with care)

Both species are easily confused with the Mangrove Monitor, V. indicus, however Varanus doreanus is normally found inland away from mangroves.


LINKS OF INTEREST

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Atlas of Living Australia

Blue-tailed Monitor (Varanus doreanus)
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Varanus doreanus (MEYER, 1874)
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Finsch's Monitor (Varanus finschi)
Varanus indicus species-complex

Finsch's Monitor
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Varanus finschi BOHME, HORN & ZIEGLER, 1994
The Reptile Database

Australasian Mangrove Monitor
(Varanus chlorostigma)
(This site)

A molecular phylogeny for the Pacific monitor lizards (Varanus subgenus Euprepiosaurus) reveals a recent and rapid radiation with high levels of cryptic diversity

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