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Varanus finschi

(Finsch's Monitor)

Common Names

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Common Names in English:

Finsch's Monitor, Finsch s Monitor


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Biome: Terrestrial [1].

Ecology: This species is often confused with V. indicus, leading to limited habitat information available for this species (Philipp et al. 2004, S. Sweet pers. comm. ). It appears to occur in forests and forages principally on the ground , in mangroves , lowland forest and second-growth forest (Philipp et al. 2004, S. Sweet pers. comm. ).[1].

List of Habitats:


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Philipp & BÖhme 1999 • Varanus doreanusVaranus doreanus finschi BÖhme Horn & Ziegler 1994 • Varanus doreanus finschi — De Lisle 1996: 122 • Varanus finschi — Ast 2001 • Varanus finschi — Ziegler • Varanus< /i> (Euprepiosaurus) Finschi — Ziegler Et Al. 2007


Name Status: Accepted Name .

Comment: Not listed by COGGER 2000.

This is a distinct species within the Varanus indicus species group (Ziegler et al. 2007).[1].

Similar Species

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Members of the genus Varanus

ZipcodeZoo has pages for 69 species and subspecies in this genus:

V. acanthurus (Spiny-Tailed Monitor) · V. albigularis (White-Throated Monitor) · V. albigularis albigularis (White-Throated Monitor Lizard) · V. albigularis angolensis (Angolan White Throated Monitor) · V. albigularis ionidesi (Black Throated Monitor) · V. auffenbergi (Peacock Monitor) · V. baritji (Black-Spotted Ridge-Tailed Momitor) · V. beccarii (Black Tree Monitor) · V. bengalensis (Bengal Monitor Lizard) · V. boehmei (Golden Spotted Tree Monitor) · V. bogerti (Bogert's Monitor) · V. brevicauda (Short-Tailed Pygmy Monitor) · V. bushi (Pilbara Monitor) · V. caerulivirens (Turquoise Monitor) · V. caudolineatus (Line-Tailed Pygmy Monitor) · V. cerambonensis (Ceram Mangrove Monitor) · V. cumingi (Yellow Headed Water Monitor) · V. doreanus (Blue Tailed Tree Monitor) · V. dumerilii (Dumeril Monitor) · V. eremius (Rusty Desert Monitor) · V. exanthematicus (Savannah Monitor Lizard) · V. finschi (Finsch's Monitor) · V. flavescens (Calcutta Oval-Grain Lizard) · V. giganteus (Perentie) · V. gilleni (Stripe Tailed Goanna) · V. glauerti (Glauert's Monitor) · V. glebopalma (Black-Palmed Rock Monitor) · V. gouldii (Sand Goanna) · V. griseus (Desert Monitor) · V. griseus caspius (Central Asian Desert Monitor) · V. griseus griseus (Desert Monitor) · V. indicus (Indian Monitor Lizard) · V. indicus rouxi (Indian Monitor Lizard) · V. jobiensis (Peach-Throated Monitor) · V. juxtindicus (Hakoi Monitor) · V. keithhornei (Nesbit River Monitor) · V. kingorum (Pygmy Rock Monitor) · V. komodoensis (Komodo Dragon) · V. kordensis (Biak Tree Monitor) · V. mabitang (Panay Monitor Lizard) · V. macraei (Blue Spotted Tree Monitor) · V. melinus (Quince Monitor) · V. mertensi (Mertens's Water Monitor) · V. mitchelli (Mitchell S Water Monitor) · V. nebulosus (Clouded Monitor) · V. niloticus (Nile Monitor) · V. olivaceus (Gray's Monitor) · V. ornatus (Ornate Monitor) · V. panoptes (Argus Monitor) · V. panoptes panoptes (Yellow-Spotted Monitor) · V. pilbarensis (Pilbara Rock Monitor) · V. prasinus (Green Tree Monitor) · V. primordius (Northern Blunt-Spined Monitor) · V. rosenbergi (Heath Monitor) · V. rudicollis (Roughneck Monitor) · V. salvadori (Crocodile Monitor Lizard) · V. salvadorii (Crocodile Monitor) · V. salvator (Common Water Monitor) · V. salvator salvator (Common Water Monitor) · V. salvator togianus (Common Water Monitor) · V. scalaris (Banded Tree Monitor) · V. salvator subsp. salvator (Common Water Monitor) · V. spenceri (Spencer's Monitor) · V. spinulosus (Solomon Island Spiny Monitor) · V. storri (Storr's Monitor) · V. timorensis (Spotted Tree Monitor) · V. tristis (Black-Tailed Monitor) · V. varius (Lace Monitor) · V. yemenensis (Yemen Monitor)

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Data Sources

Accessed through GBIF Data Portal February 27, 2008:



  1. Bennett, D. & Sweet, S.S. 2010. Varanus finschi. In: IUCN 2011. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2011.2. <>. Downloaded on 05 February 2012. [back]
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