Australian Biological Resources Study

Australian Faunal Directory


Regional Maps

CAVS: 2263

Species Varanus acanthurus Boulenger, 1885

Ridge-tailed Monitor, Spiny-tailed Monitor




Northern Territory, Queensland, Western Australia

Extra Distribution Information

Rocky outcrops or stony ranges throughout arid or seasonally dry regions of northern Australia

Australian Endemic.

IBRA and IMCRA regions (map not available)


NT, Qld, WA: Burt Plain (BRT), Carnarvon (CAR), Central Kimberley (CK), Daly Basin (DAB), Darwin Coastal (DAC), Dampierland (DL), Davenport Murchison Ranges (DMR), Gascoyne (GAS), Gibson Desert (GD), Gulf Fall and Uplands (GFU), Great Sandy Desert (GSD), Gulf Coastal (GUC), Gulf Plains (GUP), Little Sandy Desert (LSD), MacDonnell Ranges (MAC), Mitchell Grass Downs (MGD), Mount Isa Inlier (MII), Northern Kimberley (NK), Ord Victoria Plain (OVP), Pine Creek (PCK), Pilbara (PIL), Sturt Plateau (STU), Tanami (TAN), Victoria Bonaparte (VB)

Distribution References

Ecological Descriptors

Desert, diurnal, hummock grassland, low open shrubland, low open woodland, low woodland, oviparous, predator, tall shrubland, tussock grassland.


History of changes

Note that this list may be incomplete for dates prior to September 2013.
Published As part of group Action Date Action Type Compiler(s)
07-Feb-2024 LACERTILIA 22-Nov-2022 MODIFIED
07-Feb-2024 16-Aug-2012 MODIFIED
08-Mar-2011 08-Mar-2011 MODIFIED
12-Feb-2010 (import)