Black-spotted ridge-tailed monitor
TAXONOMY: V. baritji has been synonymized with V. acanthurus insulanicus, however because of nomenclatural priority, Varanus insulanicus Mertens, 1958 is now considered a distinct species.
DISTRIBUTION: Northern Territory (for detailed distribution data, see Auliya & Koch 2020)
RED LIST STATUS: Least Concern (LC) in 2017 [this assessment referred to V. baritji]
CITES: Appendix II
NATIONAL PROTECTION: According to the Australian EPCT Act (Environment Protection and Biodiversity Act) of 1999, the commercial export of live specimens is prohibited
RESEARCH NEEDS: Population ecological studies that provide data on density, home range size and activity levels; assess potential threats that could negatively affect the abundance of regional populations
CURRENT PROJECTS: At present unknown