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Dampier Peninsula goanna

Dampier Peninsula goanna (Varanus sparnus)
Mt Jowlaenga, Western Australia
Photo © Ryan Ellis
Varanus sparnus - Doughty, Kealley, Fitch & Donnellan, 2014
Pronunciation  vah-RAH-nuss   SPAR-nuss
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.
sparnus: "sparnos is Greek for 'rare' or 'scarce', in reference to this species' isolation and small range on the Dampier Peninsula. Latinised to sparnus, and used as an adjective."2
Other names   
Total length
Species avg: 20 cm
Clutch size
Description Distribution Natural history Conservation Further information More photos


Central portion of the Dampier Peninsula, Western Kimberley.

Found in the following Australian states/territories

Western Australia


Pindan shrubland, tall open scrub.

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