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Acanthophis pyrrhus BOULENGER, 1898

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Higher TaxaElapidae, Serpentes (snakes) 
Common NamesDesert Death Adder 
SynonymAcanthophis pyrrhus BOULENGER 1898: 75
Acanthophis antarcticus pyrrhus
Acanthophis pyrrhus — COGGER 2000: 634
Aggressiserpens pyrrhus — WELLS 2002
Acanthophis pyrrhus armstrongi WELLS & WELLINGTON 1985
Aggressiserpens armstrongi — WELLS 2002
Acanthophis pyrrhus — WILSON & SWAN 2010 
DistributionAustralia (Northern Territory, Queensland, South Australia, Western Australia)

Type locality: Station Point, N. T. Map legend:
TDWG region - Region according to the TDWG standard, not a precise distribution map.

NOTE: TDWG regions are generated automatically from the text in the distribution field and not in every cases it works well. We are working on it.
TypesHolotype: BMNH 1946.1.18.62 
  • Aplin, K. P. & Donnellan,S.C. 1999. An extended description of the Pilbara death adder, Acanthophis wellsi Hoser (Serpentes: Elapidae), with notes on the desert death adder, A.Pyrrhus Boulenger, and identification of a possible hybrid zone. Rec. West. Austr. Mus. 19: 277-298 - get paper here
  • Boulenger, G. A. 1898. Description of a new death adder (Acanthophis) from central Australia. Ann. Mag. nat. Hist. (7) 2: 75 - get paper here
  • Cogger,H.G. 2000. Reptiles and Amphibians of Australia, 6th ed. Ralph Curtis Publishing, Sanibel Island, 808 pp.
  • Schulz, K.-D. & W. Grossmann 1990. Das Portrait: Acanthophis pyrrhus BOULENGER Sauria 12 (2): 1-2 - get paper here
  • Storr, G. M. 1981. The genus Acanthophis (Serpentes : Elapidae) in Western Australia. Rec. West. Austr. Mus. 9: 203-210 - get paper here
  • Wells, Richard W. 2002. Taxonomy the Genus Acanthophis (Reptilia: Elapidae) in Australia. Australian Biodiversity Record (5): 1-16
  • Wilson,S. & Swan, G. 2010. A complete guide to reptiles of Australia, 3rd ed. Chatswood: New Holland, 558 pp.
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