Black-throated monitor

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Black-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. microstictus
Trinomial name
Varanus albigularis microstictus
Laurent, 1964

The black-throated monitor (Varanus albigularis ionidesi ) is a subspecies of monitor lizard native to Tanzania.[2]


V. a. ionidesi is usually a dark gray-brown with yellowish or white markings, and can reach up to seven feet (2 m) in length and weigh more than 60 pounds (27 kg). It is the largest of the four subspecies of the rock monitor, V. albigularis.[2]


The generic name, Varanus, is derived from the Arabic word waral ورل, which is translated to English as "warn" or "warning."

The specific name, albigularis, comes from a compound of two Latin words: albus meaning "white" and gula meaning "throat".

The subspecific name, ionidesi, is in honor of Constantine John Philip Ionides (1901-1968), called the "Snake Man of British East Africa".[3]


In captivity V. a. ionidesi feeds mainly on whole prey, such as mice, rats, snakes, lizards, freshwater mollusks, small birds, large roaches, crustaceans, fish, and eggs. Though these animals commonly accept cat and dog food, it is not acceptable as a staple diet due to an improper nutrient profile and high caloric content. In the wild, these monitors will eat anything they can catch.[2]


  1. ^ "Varanus albigularis ". The Reptile Database.
  2. ^ a b c "Black Throated Monitor". Twycross Zoo. Retrieved 5 March 2012. 
  3. ^ 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 albigularis ionidesi, p. 130).

Further reading[edit]

  • Laurent RF. 1964. "A New Subspecies of Varanus exanthematicus (Sauria, Varanidae)". Breviora (199): 1-5. (Varanus exanthematicus ionidesi, new subspecies).