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 lizards. The species is named after naturalist and herpetologist Brian Bush. This species belongs to the subgenus Odatria. Pilbara monitors live in the Pilbara region of Western Australia. They are 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. [2] Details about the behavior of this monitor are relatively unknown.


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

Further reading[edit]

  • Photo at AROD.com.au (Viewed 15 February 2010).
  • Range map at Australianreptileguide.com (Viewed 12 August 2010).
  • JCVI.org (Viewed 13 February 2010).
  • Aplin, K.P.; Fitch, A.J. & King, D.J. 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.

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