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Varanus  Merrem, 1820
Taxonomic Serial No.: 174115

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 Taxonomy and Nomenclature
       
  Kingdom: Animalia  
  Taxonomic Rank: Genus  
  Synonym(s):    
  Common Name(s): Monitor Lizards [English]
 
       
  Taxonomic Status:    
  Current Standing: valid  
       
  Data Quality Indicators:    
  Record Credibility Rating: verified - standards met  
  Global Species Completeness: complete   
  Latest Record Review: 2006   
       

 Taxonomic Hierarchy
       
 KingdomAnimalia  – Animal, animaux, animals  
    SubkingdomBilateria   
       InfrakingdomDeuterostomia   
          PhylumChordata  – cordés, cordado, chordates  
             SubphylumVertebrata  – vertebrado, vertébrés, vertebrates  
                InfraphylumGnathostomata   
                   SuperclassTetrapoda   
                      ClassReptilia Laurenti, 1768 – répteis, reptiles, Reptiles  
                         OrderSquamata Oppel, 1811 – Amphisbaenians, Lizards, Snakes, amphisbènes, lézards, serpents  
                            SuborderAutarchoglossa   
                               FamilyVaranidae  – Monitors, Monitor Lizards  
                                  GenusVaranus Merrem, 1820 – Monitor Lizards  
    Direct Children:  
                                     Species Varanus acanthurus Boulenger, 1885  
                                     Species Varanus albigularis (Daudin, 1802)  
                                     Species Varanus auffenbergi Sprackland, 1999  
                                     Species Varanus baritji King and Horner, 1987  
                                     Species Varanus beccarii (Doria, 1874)  
                                     Species Varanus bengalensis (Daudin, 1802) – Bengal Monitor 
                                     Species Varanus boehmei Jacobs, 2003  
                                     Species Varanus bogerti Mertens, 1950  
                                     Species Varanus brevicauda Boulenger, 1898  
                                     Species Varanus caerulivirens Ziegler, Böhme and Philipp, 1999  
                                     Species Varanus caudolineatus Boulenger, 1898  
                                     Species Varanus cerambonensis Philipp, Böhme and Ziegler, 1999  
                                     Species Varanus doreanus (Meyer, 1874)  
                                     Species Varanus dumerilii (Schlegel, 1839)  
                                     Species Varanus eremius Lucas and Frost, 1895  
                                     Species Varanus exanthematicus (Bosc, 1792)  
                                     Species Varanus finschi Böhme, Horn and Ziegler, 1994  
                                     Species Varanus flavescens (Hardwicke and Gray, 1827) – Yellow Monitor, Short-toed Monitor 
                                     Species Varanus giganteus (Gray, 1845)  
                                     Species Varanus gilleni Lucas and Frost, 1895  
                                     Species Varanus glauerti Mertens, 1957  
                                     Species Varanus glebopalma Mitchell, 1955  
                                     Species Varanus gouldii (Gray, 1838)  
                                     Species Varanus griseus (Daudin, 1803) – Desert Monitor, Grey Monitor 
                                     Species Varanus indicus (Daudin, 1802) – Indian Monitor Lizard, Indian Monitor 
                                     Species Varanus jobiensis Ahl, 1932  
                                     Species Varanus juxtindicus Böhme, Philipp and Ziegler, 2002  
                                     Species Varanus keithhornei Wells and Wellington, 1985  
                                     Species Varanus kingorum Storr, 1980  
                                     Species Varanus komodoensis Ouwens, 1912 – Komodo Monitor, Komodo Island Monitor, Komodo Dragon 
                                     Species Varanus kordensis (Meyer, 1874)  
                                     Species Varanus mabitang Gaulke and Curio, 2001  
                                     Species Varanus macraei Böhme and Jacobs, 2001  
                                     Species Varanus melinus Böhme and Ziegler, 1997  
                                     Species Varanus mertensi Glauert, 1951  
                                     Species Varanus mitchelli Mertens, 1958  
                                     Species Varanus nebulosus (Gray, 1831)  
                                     Species Varanus niloticus (Linnaeus in Hasselquist, 1762) – Nile Monitor 
                                     Species Varanus olivaceus Hallowell, 1856 – Gray's Monitor 
                                     Species Varanus ornatus (Daudin, 1802)  
                                     Species Varanus panoptes Storr, 1980  
                                     Species Varanus pilbarensis Storr, 1980  
                                     Species Varanus prasinus (Schlegel, 1839)  
                                     Species Varanus primordius Mertens, 1942  
                                     Species Varanus reisingeri Eidenmüller and Wicker, 2005  
                                     Species Varanus rosenbergi Mertens, 1957  
                                     Species Varanus rudicollis (Gray, 1845)  
                                     Species Varanus salvadorii (Peters and Doria, 1878)  
                                     Species Varanus salvator (Laurenti, 1768) – Common Water Monitor 
                                     Species Varanus scalaris Mertens, 1941  
                                     Species Varanus semiremex Peters, 1869  
                                     Species Varanus similis Mertens, 1958  
                                     Species Varanus spenceri Lucas and Frost, 1903  
                                     Species Varanus spinulosus Mertens, 1941  
                                     Species Varanus storri Mertens, 1966  
                                     Species Varanus telenesetes Sprackland, 1991  
                                     Species Varanus timorensis (Gray, 1831)  
                                     Species Varanus tristis (Schlegel, 1839)  
                                     Species Varanus varius (Shaw, 1790)  
                                     Species Varanus yemenensis Böhme, Joger and Schätti, 1989  
                                     Species Varanus yuwonoi Harvey and Barker, 1998  
                                     Species Varanus zugorum Böhme and Ziegler, 2005  
       

 References
       
  Expert(s):    
  Expert: Roy W. McDiarmid  
  Notes: U.S. Geological Survey, Biological Resources Division, Patuxent Wildlife Research Center   
  Reference for: Varanus    
       
  Other Source(s):    
  Source: NODC Taxonomic Code, database (version 8.0)  
  Acquired: 1996   
  Notes:    
  Reference for: Varanus   
       
  Publication(s):    
  Author(s)/Editor(s): Banks, R. C., R. W. McDiarmid, A. L. Gardner, and W. C. Starnes  
  Publication Date: 2004   
  Article/Chapter Title:    
  Journal/Book Name, Vol. No.: Checklist of Vertebrates of the United States, the U.S. Territories, and Canada, draft (2004)   
  Page(s):    
  Publisher:    
  Publication Place:    
  ISBN/ISSN:    
  Notes: As-yet (2004) unpublished manuscript from 1998   
  Reference for: Varanus   
       
  Author(s)/Editor(s): Banks, R. C., R. W. McDiarmid, and A. L. Gardner  
  Publication Date: 1987   
  Article/Chapter Title: Checklist of Vertebrates of the United States, the U.S. Territories, and Canada   
  Journal/Book Name, Vol. No.: Resource Publication, no. 166   
  Page(s): 79   
  Publisher: United States Department of the Interior Fish and Wildlife Service   
  Publication Place: Washington, D.C., USA   
  ISBN/ISSN:    
  Notes:    
  Reference for: Varanus   
       

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