Sometimes taxonomists create new names for groups that already have a name. They may do this because they are unaware of the original name, or they may think the organism before them belongs to a different group when in fact it does not. If two or more names are found to apply to the same group, they are considered synonyms. In most cases, the first name takes priority and is considered to be the valid or accepted name. However, there can be exceptions, and it's not always easy to determine which of a series of synonyms should be considered valid or accepted. Here we list the synonyms provided to EOL by our classification partners. We also include other versions of the name that most likely refer to the same group, for example, misspellings in the literature or different variations of the authorship associated with the name.

Preferred marks the preferred name from each source.

The Reptile Database

Name Relationship
Varanus niloticus LINNAEUS 1758 Preferred
Lacerta monitor LINNAEUS 1758: 201 Synonym
Lacerta nilotica — LINNAEUS 1766: 369
Stellio saurus LAURENTI 1768: 56
Lacerta capensis SPARRMAN 1783: 749
Lacertus tupinambis LACÉPÈDE 1788 (in part)
Tupinambis elegans DAUDIN 1802 (in part)
Tupinambis stellatus DAUDIN 1802 (in part)
Monitor niloticus — LICHTENSTEIN 1818
Monitor pulcher LEACH in BOWDICH 1819
Varanus niloticus — FITZINGER 1826: 50
Varanus niloticus — DUMÉRIL & BIBRON 1836: 476
Monitor elegans senegalensis SCHLEGEL 1844
Varanus niloticus — BOULENGER 1885: 317
Varanus niloticus — SCHMIDT 1919: 485
Varanus (Polydaedalus) niloticus - MERTENS 1942
Varanus niloticus — AUERBACH 1987: 136
Varanus niloticus — DE LISLE 1996: 131
Varanus niloticus — AST 2001

South African Vertebrates

Name Relationship
Varanus niloticus LINNAEUS 1758 Preferred
Lacerta capensis SPARRMAN 1783
Lacerta monitor LINNAEUS 1758
Lacerta nilotica LINNAEUS 1766
Lacertus tupinambis LACÉPÈDE 1788
Monitor niloticus LICHTENSTEIN 1818
Monitor pulcher LEACH in BOWDICH 1819
Stellio saurus LAURENTI 1768
Tupinambis elegans DAUDIN 1802
Tupinambis stellatus DAUDIN 1802
Varanus (Polydaedalus) niloticus MERTENS 1942
Monitor elegans senegalensis SCHLEGEL 1844

Species 2000 & ITIS Catalogue of Life: April 2013

Name Relationship
Varanus niloticus LINNAEUS 1758 Preferred
Lacerta monitor LINNAEUS 1758 Ambiguous synonym
Lacertus tupinambis LACÉPÈDE 1788
Lacerta capensis SPARRMAN 1783
Lacerta nilotica LINNAEUS 1766
Monitor elegans senegalensis SCHLEGEL 1844
Monitor niloticus LICHTENSTEIN 1818
Monitor pulcher LEACH 1819
Stellio saurus LAURENTI 1768
Tupinambis stellatus DAUDIN 1802
Varanus niloticus MERTENS 1942
Tupinambis elegans DAUDIN 1802

NCBI Taxonomy

Name Relationship
Varanus niloticus Preferred
Varanus niloticus (Linnaeus, 1766) Authority

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