Biogeographic origins of goannas (Varanidae): a molecular perspective.

  title={Biogeographic origins of goannas (Varanidae): a molecular perspective.},
  author={Samuel L. H. Fuller and Peter R. Baverstock and Dennis R. King},
  journal={Molecular phylogenetics and evolution},
  volume={9 2},
This project aims to clarify the phylogenetic relationships among the extant species of Varanus in order to elucidate the origins of Varanidae, using DNA sequences. Results obtained for a minimum of 662 nucleotides of 12S rRNA sequence data from each of 21 extant species of Varanus indicate that the Australian varanids form a single monophyletic clade and also suggest that within the Australian varanids, members of the subgenus Odatria (pygmy monitors) may from a clade separate from those in… 

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