Overview

Distribution

Continent: Asia
Distribution: Australia (Pilbara region)  
Type locality: Marandoo, Western Australia in 22° 37’ S 118° 08’ E
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Pilbara monitor

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

Etymology[edit]

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]

Taxonomy[edit]

This species belongs to the subgenus Odatria.

Geographic range[edit]

Pilbara monitors live in the Pilbara region of Western Australia.

Description[edit]

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]

Behavior[edit]

Details about the behavior of this monitor are relatively unknown.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Monitor-lizards.net (Viewed 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 (Viewed 11 February 2010).
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