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Varanus gouldii

(Sand Goanna)


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Common Names

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Common Names in Breton:

Varan Gould

Common Names in Dutch:

Goulds varaan

Common Names in English:

Sand Goanna

Common Names in Finnish:


Common Names in German:

Goulds Waran

Common Names in Hungarian:

Homoki varánusz

Common Names in Navajo, Navaho:

Séí tiníléítsoh

Common Names in Norwegian:


Common Names in Polish:

Waran Goulda

Common Names in Ukrainian:

Варан Гулда


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Hydrosaurus gouldii Gray 1838: 394 • Monitor gouldii — Schlegel 1839: 78 • Varanus gouldi — De Rooij 1915: 149 • Varanus gouldii gouldii — BÖhme 1991: 38 • Varanus gouldii gouldii — Cogger 2000: 368 • Varanus gouldii gouldii — De Lisle 1996: 126 • Varanus gouldii gouldii — Mertens 1958 • Varanus gouldii gouldii< /i> (Gray 1838) • Varanus gouldii — Boulenger 1885: 320 • Varanus gouldii — DumÉril & DumÉril 1851: 52 • Varanus panoptes Storr 1980: 273 • Varanus< /i> (Varanus) Gouldii - Mertens 1942


Name Status: Accepted Name .

Comment: The lectotype of V. gouldii has been a specimen of V. panoptes, formally rendering the name panoptes a junior synonym of gouldii. Sprackland et al. (1997) proposed that the lectotype of gouldii be set aside and a neotype designated in accord with accustomed usage . A neotype has been designated by the Comission of Zoological Nomenclature in March 2000 (Opinion 1948): BMNH 1997.1 from Karrakatta, Perth, Western Australia. Varanus gouldii rubidus is listed here as a subspecies of V. panoptes following COGGER 2000. Varanus gouldii horni BÖHME 1988 is not listed by COGGER 2000. the International Commission of Zoological Nomenclature (2000: Opinion 1948) accepted an application to set aside the lectotype and to replace it by a neotype fitting with what was understood to be V. gouldii before. Illustration in Schmida (2000) and Bennet (2003).

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

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Last Revised: 2/1/2015