Australian Biological Resources Study

Australian Faunal Directory


Regional Maps

CAVS: 2267

Species Varanus giganteus (Gray, 1845)



Generic Combinations

  • Varanus giganteus (Gray, 1845).




Northern Territory, Queensland, South Australia, Western Australia

Extra Distribution Information

Australian Endemic.

Note that conversion of the original AFD map of states, drainage basins and coastal and oceanic zones to IBRA and IMCRA regions may have produced errors. The new maps will be reviewed and corrected as updates occur. The maps may not indicate the entire distribution. See further details below.
IBRA and IMCRA regions (map not available)
drainage basins and coastal and oceanic zones (map not available)


NT, Qld, SA, WA: Burt Plain (BRT), Carnarvon (CAR), Channel Country (CHC), Central Ranges (CR), Finke (FIN), Gascoyne (GAS), Gibson Desert (GD), Geraldton Sandplains (GS), Great Sandy Desert (GSD), Little Sandy Desert (LSD), MacDonnell Ranges (MAC), Murchison (MUR), Pilbara (PIL), Simpson Strzelecki Dunefields (SSD), Yalgoo (YAL)

Original AFD Distribution Data

Australian Region

  • Australia
    • Northern Territory: Lake Eyre basin, W plateau
    • Queensland: Lake Eyre basin
    • South Australia: Lake Eyre basin, W plateau
    • Western Australia: NW coastal, W plateau

Ecological Descriptors

Desert, diurnal, hummock grassland, low open shrubland, oviparous, predator, saxicoline.


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 16-Aug-2012 MODIFIED
08-Mar-2011 08-Mar-2011 MODIFIED
12-Feb-2010 (import)