Acanthophis praelongus RAMSAY, 1877
Can you confirm these amateur observations of Acanthophis praelongus?
|Higher Taxa||Elapidae (Hydrophiinae), Colubroidea, Alethinophidia, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes)|
|Common Names||E: Northern death adder|
G: Nördliche Todesotter
|Synonym||Acanthophis praelongus RAMSAY 1877: 72|
Acanthophis praelongus — COGGER 2000: 634
Acanthophis praelongus — SCHMIDT & KUNZ 2005: 75
Acanthophis praelongus — WALLACH et al. 2014: 4
|Distribution||Indonesia (Ceram = Seram, Tanimbar, Irian Jaya), Papua New Guinea|
Australia (Northern Territory, Queensland, Western Australia)
Type locality: Somerset, Cape York, Queensland, Australia Map legend:
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|Types||Holotype: AMS 451. MCZ R-22812|
|Comment||Synonymy after COGGER 1983, who also listed Acanthophis antarcticus rugosus LOVERIDGE 1948 as a synonym of A. praelongus. Closely related to A. antarcticus according to WÜSTER (2004). See also entry of A. laevis.|
Diagnosis: A moderately stout Acanthophis, intermediate between A. antarcticus and A. pyrrhus in several respects (coloration, habit, rugosity of head shields, keeling of dorsals and number of ventrals and subcaudals). Distinguishable from A. pyrrhus by darker coloration, stronger colour pattern, smooth or nearly smooth posterior dorsals, undivided prefrontals, and more numerous midbody scales (usually 23, v. usually 19 or 21). Distinguishable from A. antarcticus by head shields more rugose, strongly keeled anterior dorsals, free edge of supraocular often raised, lower fourth labial (not much higher than wide), and dorsal scale rows usually fewer on neck than at midbody (Storr 1981: 209).
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