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Varanus prisca

Reptilia - Squamata - Varanidae

Taxonomy
Megalania prisca was named by Owen (1859) [two additional dorsal vertebrae (BMNH 32908a and b) are paralectotypes]. Its type specimen is BMNH 32908c, a set of vertebrae (dorsal vertebra), and it is a 3D body fossil.

It was recombined as Varanus prisca by Head et al. (2009).

Sister species lacking formal opinion data

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Synonyms
Synonymy list
YearName and author
1859Megalania prisca Owen
1884Notiosaurus dentatus Owen
1888Varanus priscus Lydekker p. 284
1889Varanus dirus de Vis p. 98
1899Varanus warburtonensis Zeitz p. 210
1934Megalania prisca Swinton p. 17
2009Varanus prisca Head et al. p. 446

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RankNameAuthor
kingdomAnimalia()
Triploblastica
Nephrozoa
Deuterostomia
phylumChordataHaeckel 1847
subphylumVertebrata
superclassGnathostomata
Osteichthyes()
Sarcopterygii
subclassDipnotetrapodomorpha(Nelson 2006)
subclassTetrapodomorpha()
Tetrapoda()
Reptiliomorpha
Anthracosauria
Batrachosauria()
Cotylosauria()
Amniota
Sauropsida
classReptilia
RankNameAuthor
subclassEureptilia()
Romeriida
Diapsida()
Eosuchia()
Neodiapsida
SauriaGauthier 1984
Lepidosauromorpha(Benton 1983)
superorderLepidosauria()
orderSquamata
Episquamata
ToxicoferaVidal and Hedges 2005
suborderAnguimorphaFürbringer 1900
Anguiformes
infraorderPlatynotaBaur 1890
superfamilyVaranoideaGray 1827
familyVaranidaeHardwicke and Gray 1824
genusVaranusMerrem 1820
speciesprisca()

If no rank is listed, the taxon is considered an unranked clade in modern classifications. Ranks may be repeated or presented in the wrong order because authors working on different parts of the classification may disagree about how to rank taxa.

Diagnosis
No diagnoses are available
Measurements
No measurements are available
Composition: phosphaticsubp
Environment: terrestrialf
Locomotion: actively mobilec
Life habit: scansorialf
Diet: carnivoref
Reproduction: oviparousf
Created: 2005-09-16 14:10:01
Modified: 2005-09-23 16:08:59
Source: f = family, c = class, subp = subphylum
References: Pianka and Vitt 2003, Carroll 1988, Hendy et al. 2009

Age range: Late/Upper Pleistocene or 0.12600 to 0.01170 Ma

Collections (4 total)


Time interval Ma Country or state Original ID and collection number
Pleistocene2.588 - 0.0117Australia (Queensland) Megalania prisca (138403) Varanus priscus (187585)
Middle Pleistocene - Late/Upper Pleistocene0.781 - 0.0117Australia (Queensland) Megalania prisca (183080)
Late/Upper Pleistocene0.126 - 0.0117Australia (Queensland) Megalania prisca (194846)