genus Varanus


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Related to genus Varanus: Varanid lizards
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Noun1.genus Varanus - type and sole extant genus of the Varanidaegenus Varanus - type and sole extant genus of the Varanidae
reptile genus - a genus of reptiles
family Varanidae, Varanidae - monitor lizards
monitor lizard, varan, monitor - any of various large tropical carnivorous lizards of Africa and Asia and Australia; fabled to warn of crocodiles
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Enforcement agencies have discovered that now the big monitor lizard ( genus Varanus) -- found across deserts, forests and coastlines of the country -- is being poached for its hemipenis ( sexual organ), which is sold as a lucky charm for virility and fertility in men.
It is about two small, probably primitive families, as Lanthanotidae with only one species from Borneo, or Helodermatidae with two species from Mexico and SW United States, besides the remarkable Varanidae, whose more than 55 species of the unique genus Varanus spread from Africa and SE Asia to Australia and New Guinea.