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Varanus prisca Owen 1859 (monitor lizard)

Reptilia - Squamata - Varanidae

PaleoDB taxon number: 267210

Alternative combinations: Megalania prisca, Varanus priscus

Synonyms: Notiosaurus dentatus Owen 1884 (no. 267212), Varanus dirus de Vis 1889 (no. 267213), Varanus warburtonensis Zeitz 1899 (no. 267214)

Full reference: R. Owen. 1859. Description of some Remains of a Gigantic Land-Lizard (Megalania prisca, OWEN) from A4ustral. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London 149:43-48

Belongs to Varanus according to J. J. Head et al. 2009

Sister taxa: Varanus (Varaneades), Varanus acanthurus, Varanus albigularis, Varanus baritji, Varanus beccarii, Varanus bengalensis, Varanus bogerti, Varanus brevicauda, Varanus caudolineatus, Varanus doreanus, Varanus dumerili, Varanus eremius, Varanus exanthematicus, Varanus gilleni, Varanus griseus, Varanus hoffmanni, Varanus komodoensis, Varanus mokrensis, Varanus niloticus, Varanus olivaceus, Varanus prasinus, Varanus rusingensis, Varanus salvadorii, Varanus salvator, Varanus tristis, Varanus varius, Iberovaranus catalaunicus

Type specimens:

  • Varanus prisca: BMNH 32908c, a set of vertebrae (dorsal vertebra)
  • Notiosaurus dentatus:
  • Varanus dirus:
  • Varanus warburtonensis:

Ecology: scansorial carnivore