Varanus primordius (Mertens, 1942:41)

Northern blunt(-)spined monitor



Taxonomy & Nomenclature

Synonym/s: Varanus acanthurus primordius Mertens, 1942:41 (basionym)


Conservation Status

Rediscovered (Storr, 1966)

IUCN RedList status: Least Concern





Biology & Ecology

"Ecology: low open woodland, low woodland, woodland, terrestrial, diurnal, predator; oviparous, saxicoline."

(Cogger et al., 1983:131)



Holotype: ZMB 6204 (Cogger et al., 1983:131)

Type locality: North Australia (Cogger et al., 1983:131)






Original scientific description:

Mertens, R. (1942). Ein weiterer neuer Waran aus Australien. Zool. Anz. 137: 41-44.


Other references:

Bennett, D. and Sweet, S. S. (2010). Varanus primordius. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2010: e.T178030A7487647. Downloaded on 17 October 2015.

Cogger, Harold G., Cameron, Elizabeth E. and Cogger, Heather M. (1983). Varanidae, pp. 126-134. In: Zoological Catalogue of Australia. I. Amphibia and Reptilia. Canberra: Australian Government Publishing Service. vi + 313 pp. [p. 131]

Hudson, R., Alberts, A., Ellis, S. and Byers, O. (eds). (1994). Conservation Assessment and Management Plan for Iguanidae and Varanidae.

Husband, G. A. (2001). Natural history and captive maintenance of the Northern bluntspined monitor Varanus primordius. Herpetofauna 31: 126-131.

Husband, G. and Christian, K. (2004). Varanus primordius, pp. 434-437. In: Pianka, E. R. and King, D. R. (eds.). Varanoid Lizards of the World. Bloomington, Indiana: Indiana University Press.

Mertens, R. (1958). Bemerkungen über die Warane Australiens. Senckenberg. Biol. 39: 229-264.

Mertens, R. (1966). Ein neuer Zwergwaran aus Australien. Senckenberg. Biol. 47: 437-441.

Storr, G. M. (1966). Rediscovery and taxonomic status of the Australian lizard, Varanus primordius. Copeia 1966(3): 583-584.


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