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Lizards and crocodiles of Thailand

Species of Thailand

Clouded monitor

In Thai: ตะกวด, ta kuwad

Binomial name: Varanus nebulosus, John Edward Gray, 1931

The clouded monitor (Varanus nebulosus) is a species of monitor lizard, native to Burma, Thailand and Indochina to West Malaysia, Singapore, Java, and Sumatra. They are excellent tree climbers. It belongs to the subgenus Euprepiosaurus along with the peach-throated monitor, the Ceram mangrove monitor and other monitor lizards. It had previously been listed as a subspecies of Varanus bengalensis by some herpetologists. It is a diurnal monitor.

Description

Clouded monitors can, on occasion, grow up to 1.5 metres long.

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Scientific classification

Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Reptilia
Order
Squamata
Suborder
Lacertilia
Family
Varanidae
Genus
Varanus
Subgenus
Empagusia
Species
Varanus nebulosus

Common names

  • German: Nebelwaran
  • English:
    • Clouded monitor
    • Southeast Asian monitor
  • Thai:
    • ตะกวด, ta kuwad
    • แลน, laan
    • กวดพร้าว, kuwad praow

Synonyms

  • Varanus (Empagusia) nebulosus, André Koch et al. (2013)
  • Varanus bengalensis nebulosus, Olivier S.G. Pauwels et al. (2003)
  • Varanus nebulosus, Larry Lee Grismer et al. (2002)
  • Varanus nebulosus, Hien et al. (2001)
  • Varanus bengalensis nebulosus, Ulrich Manthey & Wolfgang Grossmann (1997)
  • Varanus bengalensis vietnamensis, H.F. De Lisle (1996)
  • Varanus vietnamensis, Yang & Liu (1994)
  • Varanus bengalensis nebulosus, Alice Georgie Cruickshank Grandison (1972)
  • Varanus nebulosus, John Roscoe Hendrickson (1966)
  • Varanus bengalensis nebulosus, Robert Mertens (1942)
  • Varanus nebulosus, Nelly de Rooij (1915)
  • Varanus nebulosus, George Albert Boulenger (1885)
  • Varanus nebulosus, André Marie Constant Duméril & Gabriel Bibron (1836)
  • Monitor nebulosus, John Edward Gray (1831)

Range Map

Distribution map of Clouded monitor, Varanus nebulosus in Thailand
Range map of Varanus nebulosus in Thailand