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Depending on your selection, you can have a family or genus displayed.

You have a number of filter options: a. all, ticked or non-ticked (Default all); b. Geographical areas (default All) and c. checklist to be used (default as per your personal settings - Clements 6.7 for birds and GT 2.0 for non-birds). If you have modified the options, you need to click on "Set Filter" to activate.

* Column 1 gives sequence # based on the checklist that has been filtered
* Column 2 has a green tick marker if you have ticked the taxa
* Column 3 shows the IUCN codes (click on the code and you will be linked to IUCN species info site)

By clicking on on the menu line on any of these 3 columns (and column 5 and 6, see below), it will sort ascendingly or descendingly. You restore to the default sequence by clicking on column 1 until you have sequence #1 at the top.

* Column 4 has a Show/Hide marker for polytypic species (i.e. a species with multiple subspecies) - click on to show the underlying taxa; click again to hide. If you have expanded a number of polytypic species, you can hide them all by clicking on the species group itself.

* Column 5 (English name), column 6 (Scientific name) and, if you have the language option other than English, column 7 (Domestic name) are self-explanatory. The English and scientific names are from the checklist that has been filtered (in this case Clements 6.7). The domestic names come from various sources and translations.

* Column 8 has markers for species or subspecies with photos ( links to Photo Gallery) and those which lack photos ( links to Photo Upload page).

You can set the value on how many entries you want to display at a time. Also, you have a Search field with a predictive search function (starts after you have typed two letters) which is handy when browsing through big species groups like e.g. hummingbirds.

Finally, you will be redirected to the info page of the species which is highlighted in yellow by clicking on it.
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1 Ridgetail Monitor
Varanus acanthurus
North-western and central Australia (North Territory, Queensland, South Australia, West Australia)
    Varanus acanthurus acanthurus
Northern and northwestern Australia (north of Broome)
3     Common Ridge-tailed Monitor
    Varanus acanthurus brachyurus
From West Australia (Broome and area south of it, Montebello Islands) through Central Australia to Queensland, i.e. most of species' distribution except NW Australia
4     Island Ridge-tailed Monitor
    Varanus acanthurus insulanicus
Only known from Groote Eylandt, Gulf of Carpentaria, Northern Territory
5 White-throated Monitor
Varanus albigularis
Namibia, Botswana, Republic of South Africa, Swaziland, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Zambia, Angola, Tanzania, S Ethiopia, S Somalia, Kenya, Uganda, S Democratic Republic of the Congo.
6     White-throated monitor ssp. albigularis
    Varanus albigularis albigularis
Southern Africa, northwards to Angola, Zambia and Mozambique
7     White-throated monitor ssp. angolensis
    Varanus albigularis angolensis
Angola, Zambia, possibly neighboring areas in the Democratic Republic of Congo
8     Black-throated Monitor
    Varanus albigularis ionidesi
Ethiopia, Somalia, Kenya, Tanzania
    Varanus albigularis microstictus
10 Peacock Monitor
Varanus auffenbergi
Known only from Roti Island (Indonesia)
11 Black-spotted Ridge-tailed Monitor
Varanus baritji
Australia (N North Territory)
12 Black Tree Monitor
Varanus beccarii
Aru Islands (Indonesia)
13 Bengal Monitor
Varanus bengalensis
SE Iran, Afghanistan, Pakistan, N India, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Myanmar (= Burma), Thailand (incl. Phuket), N Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, China (Yunnan). Former subspecies nebulosus (s Myanmar and s Vietnam to Java) raised to species.
    Varanus bengalensis bengalensis
    Varanus bengalensis irrawadicus
S China (Yunnan).
    Varanus bengalensis vietnamensis
NW Vietnam
17 Bitatawa Monitor
Varanus bitatawa
Philippines (Luzon)
Varanus boehmei
Indonesia (Waigeo Island, West Irian)
19 Bogert's Monitor
Varanus bogerti
Small archipelagos at the SE corner of New Guinea: next to Fergusson also known from Trobriand (north of d’Entrecastaux) and St. Aignan, Louisiade archipelago, Papua New Guinea
20 Short-tailed Pygmy Monitor
Varanus brevicauda
Arid regions of northern Western Australia and southern Northern Territory to western Queensland, Australia
Varanus bushi
Western Australia (Pilbara region)
22 Turquoise Monitor
Varanus caerulivirens
Indonesia (Halmahera, Moluccas)
23 Line-tailed Pygmy Monitor
Varanus caudolineatus
Australia (coast and interior of central West Australia)
24 Ceram Mangrove Monitor
Varanus cerambonensis
Moluccan islands of Seram, Ambon, Buru, Obi and Banda Islands (Indonesia)
25 Cuming's Water Monitor
Varanus cumingi
Philippines (islands of the Greater Mindanao region, i.e. Mindanao, Samar, Leyte, and Bohol)
    Varanus cumingi cumingi
Mindanao and off-shore islands, Philippines
27     Samar Water Monitor
    Varanus cumingi samarensis
Samar, Bohol, and Leyte, Philippines
28 Blue-tailed Monitor
Varanus doreanus
New Guinea with its offshore islands Salawati and Biak; Wammer, Aru Islands; and northern Queensland, Australia
29 Dumeril Monitor
Varanus dumerilii
Southern Myanmar (including Mergui archipelago), Thailand, and peninsular Malaysia; Borneo and Sumatra plus many smaller neighbouring islands including Natu, Banagka and Billitong
    Varanus dumerilii dumerilii
    Varanus dumerilii heteropholis
32 Rusty Desert Monitor
Varanus eremius
Australia (West Australia, S/C North Territory, N/W/C South Australia, W Queensland)
33 Savannah Monitor
Varanus exanthematicus
From Mauritania and Senegal throughout the African subsaharan savanna belt to Sudan and Eritrea. Benin; Burkina Faso; Cameroon; Central African Republic; Chad; Congo, The Democratic Republic of the; Côte d'Ivoire; Ethiopia; Gambia; Ghana; Guinea; Guinea-Bissau; Kenya; Liberia; Mali; Mauritania; Niger; Nigeria; Senegal; Sierra Leone; South Sudan; Togo; Uganda
34 Finsch's Monitor
Varanus finschi
New Ireland and New Britain [Bismarck Archipelago], adjacent coast of Papua New Guinea, Australia (northern Queensland)
35 Yellow Monitor
Varanus flavescens
Flood plains of Indus, Ganges, and Brahmaputra rivers of Pakistan, India (Bihar), Nepal, and Bangladesh
36 Perentie
Varanus giganteus
Australia (arid interior of the continent in North Territory, Queensland, South Australia, West Australia)
37 Pygmy Mulga Monitor
Varanus gilleni
Australia (desert areas and interior of continent in North Territory, Queensland, South Australia, West Australia, and nw coast)
38 Kimberley Rock Monitor
Varanus glauerti
Australia (known only from the Kimberley region of West Australia)
39 Black-palmed Rock Monitor
Varanus glebopalma
Australia (from the Kimberley region of West Australia east to NW Queensland)
40 Sand Monitor
Varanus gouldii
Australia (throughout most parts of the continent, except extreme SE and some very wet parts of the east coast)
    Varanus gouldii flavirufus
Central Australia in the area of the red soils; westwards to the Canning Stock Route (Western Australia)
    Varanus gouldii gouldii
43 Desert Monitor
Varanus griseus
Turkey (from Urfa), Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, Libya, Egypt, Israel, Syria, Lebanon, Iraq, Arabia, United Arab Emirates (UAE), Oman, Turkmenistan, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan, Western Sahara, Mauritania, Mali, Niger, Chad, Sudan, Afghanistan, Iran (incl. Kavir desert), Pakistan, NW India
    Varanus griseus caspius
Iran, Afghanistan, Pakistan
    Varanus griseus griseus
    Varanus griseus koniecznyi
Pakistan, NW India
47 Mangrove Monitor
Varanus indicus
Eastern part of the Indo-Australian archipelago (westwards to Sulawesi, Talaud and Timor); Moluccan islands of Morotau, Ternate, Halmahera, Obi, Buru, Ambon, Haruku and Seram; New Guinea with its offshore islands Salawati, Waigeu, Biak, Japen and Hermit; Bismarck archipelago islands of New Britain, New Ireland and Duke of York; Torres Street Islands, and northernmost Queensland, Australia; Solomon Islands of Bougainville, Guadalcanal, Ysabel, eastwards to the Carolines, Marianes and Marshall Islands, northwards to Bonin island (= Ogaswara gunto); Introduced to Japan
    Varanus indicus indicus
    Varanus indicus rouxi
50 Peach-throated Monitor
Varanus jobiensis
Widespread over most parts of New Guinea, also on the offshore island of Jobi (= Japen, Irian Jaya)
51 Hakoi
Varanus juxtindicus
Solomon Islands (Rennell)
52 Nesbit River Monitor
Varanus keithhornei
Australia (Queensland, northern Cape York Peninsula and Torres Streat islands)
53 Pygmy Rock Monitor
Varanus kingorum
Australia (NW North Territory, NE West Australia: rocky outcrops of the Kimberley Region and adjacent areas in the North Territory)
54 Komodo Dragon
Varanus komodoensis
Komodo, Padar, Rintja, and western part of Flores, in the Lesser Sunda region of Indonesia
Varanus kordensis
Indonesia (Schouten Group as Kordo, Mysore), Irian Jaya
56 Talaud Mangrove Monitor
Varanus lirungensis
Indonesia (Talaud Islands)
57 Panay Monitor
Varanus mabitang
Philippine Islands (Panay Island, Visayas archipelago)
58 Blue Tree Monitor
Varanus macraei
Indonesia (Batanta Island, Irian Jaya)
Varanus marmoratus
Philippine Islands (Luzon)
60 Quince Monitor
Varanus melinus
Sula Islands (Mangole, Taliabu, Sanana), Bowokan and Banggai island groups, Moluccas, Indonesia. The type was secured from Obi Island, but it is believed that specimens have been shippped there.
61 Mertens's Water Monitor
Varanus mertensi
Australia (North Territory, Queensland, West Australia)
62 Mitchell's water monitor
Varanus mitchelli
Australia (North Territory, West Australia)
63 Clouded Monitor
Varanus nebulosus
S Myanmar (= Burma), Thailand, S Vietnam, Malayan peninsula (incl. Pulau Tioman) and Java, Indonesia
64 Nile Monitor
Varanus niloticus
Whole subsaharan Africa, reaching the Mediterranean region along the Nile in the northeast, lacking only in the west and central African rain forests
Varanus nuchalis
Philippines (Cebu, Ticao, Negros, Panay and Masbate)
Varanus obor
Indonesia (N Moluccas: Sanana)
67 Gray's Monitor
Varanus olivaceus
Philippine Islands (S Luzon, Polillo), Catanduanes Islands; elevation max. 400 m
68 Ornate Monitor
Varanus ornatus
Unvalid species
Varanus palawanensis
70 Yellow-spotted Monitor
Varanus panoptes
Australia (North Territory, West Australia), Indonesia (Irian Jaya), Papua New Guinea
    Varanus panoptes horni
Southern part of New Guinea; Torres strait islands
    Varanus panoptes panoptes
North Territory and Queensland (Kimberleys)
    Varanus panoptes rubidus
Arid western plateau of Western Australia, from the Pilbara south to Fields Find and Mt. Linden; also on Dolphin Island, Dampier archipelago.
    Varanus panoptes wanjarri
75 Pilbara Rock Monitor
Varanus pilbarensis
Australia (Pilbara region, West Australia)
76 Emerald Monitor
Varanus prasinus
New Guinea and the northwestern offshore islands of Misool, Salawati and Schouten Island, + Torres Strait islands (Queensland, Australia)
77 Northern Blunt-spined Monitor
Varanus primordius
Australia (far north of Northern Territory, possibly also northernmost West Australia)
78 Megalania
Varanus priscus
Varanus rainerguentheri
Indonesia (Halmahera, Moluccas, incl. Morotai, Bacan)
Varanus rasmusseni
Philippines (Sulu Archipelago)
81 Reisinger's Monitor
Varanus reisingeri
Indonesia (Misool)
82 Rosenberg's Monitor
Varanus rosenbergi
Australia (formerly throughout the southern part of Australia) (New South Wales, South Australia (including Kangaroo Island), SW Victoria, S West Australia)
83 Roughneck Monitor
Varanus rudicollis
S Burma (= Myanmar), S Thailand, W Malaysia, Rhio Archipelago, Indonesia (Sumatra, Bangka, Borneo); doubtfully in the Philippine Islands
84 Crocodile Monitor
Varanus salvadorii
New Guinea
85 Water Monitor
Varanus salvator
Sri Lanka, NE India, Bangladesh, Myanmar (= Burma), Cambodia, Laos, Vietnam, S China (Hong Kong, Guangdong, Hainan, Guangxi, S Yunnan), Malaysia (incl. Pulau Tioman, Johor: Pulau Besar), Nicobar Islands, Andaman Islands, Singapore, Indonesia (Borneo, Sumatra, Nias, Enggano, Bangka, Kalimantan, Java, Bali, Lombok, Sumbawa, Flores, Wetar), Thailand (incl. Phuket), Philippine Islands (Mindanoa, Leyte, Samar, Bohol, Luzon, Palawan, Mindoro, Calamian, Negros, Guimares, Cebu, Panay, Masbate, Ticao), Caroline Islands - in short from Sri Lanka and eastern India in the west through all Southeast Asia including southern China, Hainan and the entire Sunda archipelago to the Philippines, Sulawesi and Moluccas in the east
    Varanus salvator adamanensis
Andaman Islands (India)
    Varanus salvator bivittatus
Java, Bali, Lombok, Sumbawa, Flores, Ombai (Alor), Wetar and some neighbouring islands within the Sunda arch, Indonesia
    Varanus salvator macromaculatus
Thailand, Cambodia, Laos, Vietnam, Myanmar, Bangladesh, Malaysia, Indonesia (Sumatra, Borneo)
    Varanus salvator salvator
Sri Lanka
    Varanus salvator ziegleri
Obi Island, Indonesia
91 Spotted Tree Monitor
Varanus scalaris
Northwestern Australia
92 Rusty Monitor
Varanus semiremex
Australia (coast of northern and eastern Queensland)
Varanus similis
Australia (North Territory and Queensland); Torres Strait islands of Australia and Papua New Guinea
94 Spencer's Monitor
Varanus spenceri
Australia (from black-soil plains of north-western Queensland across the Barkly Tableland to eastern Northern Territory)
95 Solomon Island Spiny Monitor
Varanus spinulosus
Santa Isabel and San Jorge Islands (Solomon Islands), and Bougainville Island (Papua New Guinea)
96 West Africa Nile monitor
Varanus stellatus
97 Storr's Monitor
Varanus storri
Australia (vicinity of Charters Towers, Queensland; isolated population reaches the Kimberleys in NE West Australia)
    Varanus storri ocreatus
West Australia (Kimberleys) and adjacent parts of the North Territory.
    Varanus storri storri
Australia, Queensland
100 Rossel Island Tree Monitor
Varanus telenesetes
Rossel Islands, Papua New Guinea
101 Timor Tree Monitor
Varanus timorensis
Timor (Indonesia). Former subspecies scalaris and similis raised to species.
Varanus timoriensis
Varanus togianus
Togian Islands, Sulawesi, Indonesia
104 Black-headed Monitor
Varanus tristis
Australia (entire continent except the south and southeast)
105     Freckled Monitor
    Varanus tristis orientalis
N and NE Australia
106     Black-tailed Monitor
    Varanus tristis tristis
W and C Australia
107 Lace Monitor
Varanus varius
Australia (New South Wales, Queensland, South Australia, Victoria)
108 Yemen Monitor
Varanus yemenensis
Yemen (Mountains of Tihama along the western coast of Yemen, from Aden in the south to the southern Asir Mountains), SW Saudi Arabia (Asir Mountains)
109 Tricolor Monitor
Varanus yuwonoi
Indonesia (Halmahera Island)
Varanus zugorum
Indonesia (Halmahera)

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