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Black-spotted spiny-tailed monitor

black-spotted spiny-tailed monitor (Varanus baritji)
Adelaide River, Northern Territory
Photo © Brendan Schembri
Varanus baritji - King & Horner, 1987
Pronunciation  vah-RAH-nuss   barr-IT-gee
Etymology  Varanus: a Latinisation of the Arabic word, Waran, for lizards of the Arabian Peninsula. These lizards were said to warn of the presence of crocodiles, and became known in English as monitors.1 In Australia, they are typically called goannas.
baritji: 'White', after Dr Neville White who worked with Arnhem Landers. 'Baritj' means 'white' in the local dialect.2, 3
Other names  Lemon-throated monitor
Total length
Species avg: 70 cm
Clutch size
Description Distribution Natural history Conservation Further information More photos


The Top End of the Northern Territory, from the Adelaide River district east to near Borroloola.

Found in the following Australian states/territories

Northern Territory


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