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Pilbara Monitor

A male Pilbara Monitor

Pilbara Monitor
Physical description
Binomial nameVaranus bushi
Conservational Status
StatusLC
IUCN statusIUCN 3.1
Scientific classification
KingdomAnimalia
PhylumChordata
ClassReptilia
OrderSquamata
SuborderLacertilia
FamilyVaranidae
SubfamilyNatricinae
GenusVaranus
SpeciesV. bushi

The Pilbara Monitor (Varanus bushi), also known as Bush's Monitor, is a newly discovered species of monitor lizard. 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. The Pilbara Monitor 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 as it has some morphological and genetic differences. [1] Details about the behavior of this monitor are relatively unknown.

ReferencesEdit

  1. JCVI.org (Viewed 11 February 2010).
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