Acanthophis hawkei WELLS & WELLINGTON, 1985
Can you confirm these amateur observations of Acanthophis hawkei?
|Higher Taxa||Elapidae (Hydrophiinae), Colubroidea, Alethinophidia, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes)|
|Synonym||Acanthophis hawkei WELLS & WELLINGTON 1985: 43|
Acanthophis cummingi HOSER 1998
Acanthophis cummingi — WELLS 2002
Acanthophis hawkei — WELLS 2002
Acanthophis lancasteri — WELLS 2002
Acanthophis hawkei — FRY et al. 2002
Acanthophis hawkei — WÜSTER et al. 2004
Acanthophis hawkei — WALLACH et al. 2014: 4
cummingi: Australia (N Northern Territory, vicinity of Darwin)
bottomi: Groote Eylandt, Gulf of Carpentaria, Northern Territory
Type locality: 1.5 miles south west of Brunette Downs Station homestead, Barkly Tablelands, NT
|Types||Holotype: NTM R3677|
|Comment||Synonymy: “... a captive male Acanthophis (similar to and possibly A. hawkei) from near Camooweal, Queensland, mated with a female Hayes Creek, Northern Territory A. lancasteri to produce 31 healthy offspring in 1997” (HOSER 1998). This indicates that both belong to the same species. Not listed by COGGER 2000. Protein data suggest that this species may be a valid (FRY et al. 2002).|
A. cummingi is a questionable species. The taxonomy of Acanthophis remains largely unresolved (W. Wüster, pers. comm., and Wüster et al. 1999).
Based on the nomenclature rules, the name cummingi needs to be emended to cummingae (fide WÜSTER et al. 2001). WÜSTER (pers. comm.) considers A. cummingi as synonym of A. hawkei.
|Etymology||Named for the Prime Minister of Australia, The Rt. Hon. Robert J. Hawke, in recognition of his part in saving the Tasmanian Wilderness.|