Kimberley rock monitor

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Kimberley rock monitor
Kimberley-Felsenwaran (Varanus glauerti).jpg
Varanus glauerti male
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Reptilia
Order: Squamata
Family: Varanidae
Genus: Varanus
Subgenus: Odatria
Species: V. glauerti
Binomial name
Varanus glauerti
Mertens, 1957[1]
Synonyms[2]
  • Varanus (Odatria) timorensis glauerti Mertens, 1957
  • Varanus (Odatria) glauerti
    — Mertens, 1958
  • Varanus glauerti
    Cogger, 1983

The Kimberley rock monitor (Varanus glauerti ) is a medium-sized species of monitor lizard[3] in the family Varanidae. The species is native to Northern Australia. Also known as Glauert's monitor or the Kakadu sand goanna,[4] it belongs to the subgenus Odatria.[5]

Etymology[edit]

The specific name, glauerti, is in honor of English-born Australian herpetologist Ludwig Glauert.[4]

Description[edit]

V. glauerti grows up to 80 cm (31 in) long, and half of its length is the long tail.

Habitat and behaviour[edit]

V. glauerti lives almost exclusively on rocky cliff faces, but is found in humid forests. It is arboreal, and prefers humid conditions.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Varanus glauerti ". Integrated Taxonomic Information System (ITIS). www.itis.gov
  2. ^ "Varanus glauerti ". The Reptile Database. www.reptile-database.org.
  3. ^ a b "Varanus glauerti " at Monitor-lizards.net Archived 2010-02-23 at the Wayback Machine.
  4. ^ a b Beolens, Bo; Watkins, Michael; Grayson, Michael (2011). The Eponym Dictionary of Reptiles. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press. xiii + 296 pp.
    ISBN 978-1-4214-0135-5. (Varanus glauerti, p. 101).
  5. ^ Kingsnake.com

Further reading[edit]

  • Mertens R (1957). "Two new goannas from Australia". Western Australian Naturalist 5: 183-185. (Varanus timorensis glauerti, new subspecies).

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