Continent: Australia
Distribution: Australia (N North Territory)  
Type locality: Mirrngadja, Arafura Swamp, Northern Territory, Australia, [12º39'S 135º12'E].
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Black-spotted ridge-tailed monitor

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 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]


  1. ^ a b JCVI.org
  2. ^ a b Monitor-lizards.de
  3. ^ a b Mampam.com
  4. ^ Museum.wa.gov.au
  5. ^ GBIF.org
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