Black-spotted ridge-tailed monitor

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Black-spotted ridge-tailed monitor
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Reptilia
Order: Squamata
Family: Varanidae
Genus: Varanus
Subgenus: Odatria
Species: V. baritji
Binomial name
Varanus baritji
King & Horner, 1987[1]

The black-spotted ridge-tailed monitor, Varanus baritji, is a medium-sized ground dwelling monitor lizard.[2] It is also known as White’s ridged-tailed monitor[2] or White's dwarf goanna.[3] It is found in the northernmost part of the Northern Territory of Australia.[4][5]

The species name of this lizard, baritj, is an Australian aboriginal word for white, as the lizard is named after its discoverer, Dr. Neville White.[1]


This monitor lizard's tail is spiny. It is similar to Varanus acanthurus in appearance, but differs in colour patterns. For example, V. baritji has a bright-yellow underside, but lacks the light and dark dorsal neck stripes and the light ocellated markings on its back for which V. acanthurus is known. The black-spotted ridge-tailed monitor can reach up to 72 cm in length.[3]


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Further reading[edit]

  • Bennet, D.F. 2003. Australische Warane. Reptilia (Münster) 8 (5): 18-25
  • Eidenmüller, B. 2007. Small monitors in the terrarium. Reptilia (GB) (50): 12-19
  • Eidenmüller, B. 2007. Kleinwarane im Terrarium. Reptilia (Münster) 12 (1): 16-23
  • King M; Horner P 1987. A new species of monitor (Platynota: Reptilia) from northern Australia and a note on the status of Varanus acanthurus insulanicus Mertens. The Beagle 4 (1) 1987: 73-79.
  • D. Bennett. (1995). A Little Book of Monitor Lizards. Viper Press: London.