Finsch's Monitor
Physical description
Binomial nameVaranus finschi
Conservational Status
IUCN statusIUCN 3.1
Scientific classification
SpeciesV. finschi

Finsch's monitor (Varanus finschi) is a species of Monitor Lizard found in New Guinea and Australia.[1]

Finsch's monitor was only known from Blanche Bay, Ralum and Massawa in New Britain.[2][3] Further research on the available museum specimen enlarged the range of the species, which currently includes the Bismarck Archipelago (New Ireland), New Guinea and Queensland, Australia.[4][5] Unfortunately, the specimen from Queensland lacks any fixed data on its locality, so the exact distribution of Finsch's Monitor in northern Australia remains unknown.[1] Varanus finschi is found in multiple types of habitats: mangrove forest, inland forest, fresh cut clearings, coconut plantations and rocky beaches.[6] It belongs to the subgenus Euprepiosaurus along with the closely related Ceram Mangrove and Peach Throat Monitors.[7]


The dorsal pattern of Varanus finschi adults consists of "black ocelli, which are often arranged in irregular transverse rows - with a yellowish center on a dark grayish background."[1] The dark head of Varanus finschi is speckled with many yellowish spots. Its tongue color is pink.[8]


  1. Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; no text was provided for refs named Monitorlizards
  2. Böhme,W., H. G. Horn & T. ZIEGLER (1994). Zur Taxonomie der Pazifikwarane (Varanus-indicus-Komplex): Revalidierung von Varanus doreanus (A. B. Meyer, 1874) mit Beschreibung einer neuen Unterart. Salamandra 30 (2): 119-142.
  4. Ziegler,T.; Philipp,K.M. & Boehme, W. (1999). Zum Artstatus und zur Genitalmorphologie von Varanus finschi BOHME, Horn & Ziegler 1994, mit neuen Verbreitungsangaben fur V. finschi und V. doreanus (MEYER 1874) (Reptilia: Sauria: Varanidae). Zool. Abh. Mus. Tierk. Dresden 50 (2): 267-279
  5. Ziegler, T.; Böhme, W.; Eidenmüller, B. & Philipp, K. 2001. A note on the coexistence of three species of Pacific monitor lizards in Australia (Sauria, Varanidae, Varanus indicus group). Bonn. Zool. Beitr. 50 (1-2): 27-30
  6. Hediger,H. (1934). Beitrag zur Herpetologie und Zoogeographie Neu-Britanniens und einiger umliegender Gebiete. Zool. Jahrb. (Syst.) 65: 389-582.
  7. (Retrieved April 28, 2010
  8. Sprackland, R. G. 1999. New species of monitor (Squamata: Varanidae) from Indonesia. Reptile Hobbyist, 4 (6): 20-27
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