Pilbara monitor

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Pilbara monitor
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Reptilia
Order: Squamata
Family: Varanidae
Genus: Varanus
Subgenus: Odatria
Species: V. bushi
Binomial name
Varanus bushi
Aplin, A. Fitch & D. King, 2006 [1]

The Pilbara monitor (Varanus bushi ), also known as Bush's monitor, is a species of monitor lizard.


The specific name, bushi, and the common name, Bush's monitor, are in honor of Australian naturalist and herpetologist Brian Gordon Bush (born 1947).[2]


This species belongs to the subgenus Odatria.

Geographic range[edit]

Pilbara monitors live in the Pilbara region of Western Australia.


V. bushi is most similar to the stripe-tailed goanna and the pygmy Mulga goanna of all monitor lizards. However, the Pilbara monitor can be distinguished from these other two species by some morphological and genetic differences. [3]


Details about the behavior of this monitor are relatively unknown.


  1. ^ Monitor-lizards.net (Retrieved 11 February 2010).
  2. ^ Beolens B, Watkins M, Grayson M. 2011. The Eponym Dictionary of Reptiles. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press. xiii + 296 pp. ISBN 978-1-4214-0135-5. (Varanus bushi, p. 44).
  3. ^ JCVI.org (Retrieved 11 February 2010).

External links[edit]

Further reading[edit]

  • Aplin KP, Fitch AJ, King DJ. 2006. A new species of Varanus Merrem (Squamata: Varanidae) from the Pilbara region of Western Australia, with observations on sexual dimorphism in closely related species. Zootaxa 1313: 1–38.
  • Eidenmüller B. 2007. Small monitors in the terrarium. Reptilia (GB) (50): 12-19.
  • King, Ruth Allen; Pianka, Eric R.; King, Dennis. 2004. Varanoid Lizards of the World. Bloomington: Indiana University Press. pp. 225–229. ISBN 0-253-34366-6.
  • King, Dennis; Green, Brian. 1999. Goannas: The Biology of Varanid Lizards. University of New South Wales Press. ISBN 0-86840-456-X.