Angolan white-throated monitor

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Angolan white-throated monitor
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Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Reptilia
Order: Squamata
Family: Varanidae
Genus: Varanus
Species: V. albigularis
Subspecies: V. a. angolensis
Trinomial name
Varanus albigularis angolensis
K.P. Schmidt, 1933

The Angolan white-throated monitor (Varanus albigularis angolensis) is a lizard found in and around Angola. It is usually gray-brown with yellowish or white markings, and can reach up to 1.5 m in length. It is one of the three subspecies of Varanus albigularis.

Taxonomy[edit]

The generic name Varanus is derived from the Arabic word waral ورل, which is translated to English as "monitor". Their specific name comes from a compound of two Latin words: albus meaning "white" and gula meaning "throat". The subspecific name is a Latinized form of the country in which they are found: Angola.

Distribution[edit]

Its range is through Angola, Namibia, Zambia, the Democratic Republic of Congo, and Coruche.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Bayless, Mark K. (2002). Monitor lizards: a pan-African check-list of their zoogeography. Journal of Biogeography 29: 1643–1701